Can a physical therapist help me manage my diabetes?

Physical therapy for diabetesPhysical therapy can actually play a very important role in managing diabetes safely and healthily. Exercise is a key component in controlling your blood sugar levels and maintaining healthy circulation, both of which are important for diabetic care. It helps your body handle the sugar in your blood, as well as forces your heart to pump more strongly, improving its flow to places like your feet and toes. The right kind of exercise can help you stay in shape as well, even if you’re dealing with diabetic complications. A physical therapist can adjust your exercises to accommodate problems like peripheral neuropathy, so you have a lower risk for foot injuries.

Physical therapy is just one aspect of your health care that should be worked into your diabetes management. You’ll still need to make dietary adjustments, protect your feet, get regular check-ups, and possibly take medication to manage the disease. Still, physical therapy can be a valuable part of your management overall. If you’re living with diabetes and need help managing it, let us know at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy in Denver, CO. We’ll help you establish a care plan. Just call (303) 805-5156 to reach us.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC