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Type 2 Diabetes and Osteopathic Care

Type 2 diabetes is a widespread, acquired metabolic disorder. In a nutshell – it’s all about insulin; insulin resistance or inadequate insulin production, which messes with your blood sugar, which is bad news. (More on why later.) If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, you might not immediately think of osteopathic care. And we don’t blame you – you have a lot to get your head around with insulin monitors, medication and changing your diet for the better. But osteopathic care can help too. We’re here to help with pain management, and improving mobility, circulation, and nerve function. And by helping you get moving again, improving your blood sugar control. So, call us on (03) 9776 1600 to make an appointment with one of the osteopaths at Patterson Allied Health. In the meantime, let’s learn more about diabetes and how osteopathic care can help you manage it.

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes messes with insulin, which messes with blood sugar. Excess sugar in the bloodstream is bad news as it narrows and hardens blood vessels, impairing circulation, and inflicting nerve damage. The sugar also leads to inflammation and high blood pressure, which is obviously not ideal for your poor heart. It also messes with your ability to release protein and hormones through urination which – like one domino knocking over the next – messes with your kidney. Who would have thought something so sweet could be so long-term bitter? Diabetes is an acquired condition (unlike Diabetes 1). Genetic factors, certain medications, age, being overweight and a sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors. Its prevalence has surged in recent years. Why is not a mystery – our lifestyles have become more sedentary just when our diets have become more calorific. Not surprising then that this condition often coexists with obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular issues. Its management goes beyond mere blood sugar control; it requires a multi-faceted strategy addressing the root causes and associated health complications.

 

The Role of Osteopathic Care

Osteopathic medicine takes a holistic approach, focusing on the interrelation between the body’s structure and its function. We do not replace conventional medical treatment but offer care that complements other therapies for Type 2 diabetes management. We can help address specific issues:

 

Improving Circulation and Nerve Function

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) involves hands-on techniques like gentle pressure, stretching, and resistance. This can help improve circulation, address neuropathy, and enhance nerve function. This can help with the foot issues known to so many diabetics.

Enhancing Mobility and Functionality

Osteopathic care focuses on improving joint mobility and reducing stiffness. This can be crucial for people with diabetes. Research is still ongoing as to why, but people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing certain musculoskeletal issues, like frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Why is not fully understood, but it’s believed that high blood sugar levels can lead to changes in the structure of the shoulder joint, causing inflammation and stiffness.

Supporting Lifestyle Modifications

Effective diabetes management often entails lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. We understand how hard it is to exercise when injuries, neuropathy or general aches and pains make it difficult. We’ll help you deal with that so you can work on reclaiming your fitness. We’ll also offer guidance and support around stress management and nutrition. Why does your fitness matter so much when managing Type 2 Diabetes? Well, exercise helps you manage that excess sugar – bingo! And no, not just because exercise burns through glucose (which it does!). It also improves circulation, reduces inflammation, builds muscle (which is good for your insulin sensitivity) and boosts your mitochondrial health. So, it’s crucial that we get you and keep you moving.

 

Conclusion

Osteopathic care isn’t a standalone cure for Type 2 diabetes. It’s a holistic approach that can be a valuable addition to conventional treatment methods. We can help manage symptoms, enhance mobility, and support lifestyle modifications crucial for diabetes management. If you have Type 2 diabetes or are at risk, we are here to help. Call us for an appointment on 9776-1600.

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