National Diabetes Month is an opportune time for our team at Farmingdale Physical Therapy East to discuss the various benefits of physical therapy for diabetic patients. If you or someone you know has diabetes and wants to improve your overall wellness with physical therapy, continue reading to discover more information!
Benefits of Physical Therapy for Diabetic Patients
Diabetes is a condition where the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that enables sugar to enter cells and provide the energy necessary for daily activities. If the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin or the body doesn’t adequately respond to the hormone, the result is a build-up of heightened amounts of sugar in a patient’s blood, which creates a toxic environment for cells throughout the body. Having uncontrolled high blood sugar for a long time can lead to a complication known as diabetic neuropathy. This condition can cause muscle weakness and make it difficult to walk, and cause you to limp or put you off balance. Regular physical therapy at Farmingdale Physical Therapy East can help you safely improve your symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and offer additional benefits, such as:
- Improved mobility.
- Reduced diabetic neuropathy pain.
- Reduced risk for falls.
- Improved performance of daily activities.
- Improved muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and endurance.
If you are living with diabetes, it’s crucial to manage your condition with a combination of exercise, weight management, good eating habits, and blood sugar monitoring. Our physical therapists will evaluate your specific case and create a unique program to address your symptoms. Our goal is to help you improve pain, increase mobility, and reduce your blood sugar levels through exercise. We can also show you how to follow a program at home to encourage a more dynamic lifestyle.
Since diabetes can affect the body in many different ways, diabetic patients need to coordinate with their healthcare team to find the best solutions for their care. At Farmingdale Physical Therapy East, we’ll develop an exercise plan specific to your needs and suitable for your lifestyle. Contact our team today to learn more!