Do Diabetics Need Physical Therapy?

21 Mar, 2022

Did you know that around 280 people in Australia develop diabetes every single day? With that many people living with diabetes, it’s important to ask: Do diabetics need physical therapy? In this article, we’ll look at the role of physical therapy in diabetes management and explore some of its benefits. We’ll also discuss when physical therapy might be recommended for people with diabetes.

Diabetes and Physical Therapy

Before we can answer whether or not diabetics need physical therapy, it’s important to first understand what diabetes is.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how the body uses glucose or sugar. There are three types of diabetes: type I, type II, and gestational diabetes.

  • Type I diabetes reduces the insulin levels in the body, and as a result, people with type I diabetes must take insulin injections to regulate their blood sugar levels.
  • Type II diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It develops when the body can’t use insulin properly, either because the cells have become resistant to it or because the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Many people with type II diabetes can manage their blood sugar levels through diet and exercise alone, but some may need medication and insulin injections.
  • Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It affects about 3% to 8% of pregnant women and usually goes away after the baby is born.

Physical Therapy for Diabetes Management

Physical therapy can help people with diabetes manage their condition in many ways. Here are some of them:

  • It can help improve blood sugar control
  • It can help reduce the risk of complications, such as heart disease and stroke
  • It can help people with diabetes maintain their independence and quality of life
  • It can improve mobility and flexibility
  • It can improve strength and endurance
Physical Therapy for Diabetes Management | Gen Physio

When is Physical Therapy for Diabetes Recommended?

Not everyone with diabetes will need physical therapy. However, physical therapy may be recommended for people with diabetes who:

  • Have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels
  • Are at risk for complications, such as heart disease, stroke, and eye problems
  • Suffer from pain or joint problems
  • Have difficulty walking or performing other activities of daily living
  • Need to lose weight or improve their fitness level

Tip: When looking for a therapist be sure to hire someone who is experienced and has worked with diabetes patients before.

GEN PHYSIO: Your Home Health Experts

If you have diabetes and want to improve your health and quality of life, physical therapy may be a good option. At Gen Physio, our skilled therapists can help you achieve your goals and get the most out of life. We provide mobile physiotherapy and we’ll work with you to create a personalised treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your busy schedule. Call us on 1300 122 884 to schedule a consultation.

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