Chiropractic Care and Diabetes
Do you have diabetes? Do you want to reduce the effects of diabetes on your body? Do you want to live a longer and healthier life? If you answered yes to any of those questions and you have tried all of the available treatments, you might want to see a chiropractor. Despite the fact that it may sound crazy to see a chiropractor for diabetes, it may just help! More and more research is being done to explore the positive effects that chiropractic care can have on people with diabetes. First of all, it is important to understand exactly what chiropractic is before exploring how it can reduce the effects of diabetes.
So what really is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is defined as manual manipulation in order to align the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine. The theory behind chiropractic care maintains that by aligning the musculoskeletal system, the body will be able to heal itself without the use of surgery or drugs. Manipulation is used to improve mobility of joints restricted by tissue injury. Usually this tissue injury is a result of a traumatic event such as a car accident, or repetitive stress such as sitting improperly without back support. The primary use of chiropractic care is to relieve muscle, joint, bone, and connective tissue pain. However, it is also known to reduce the risk of several health implications such as heart attack, stroke, and headaches and yes, even diabetes!
How is chiropractic care related to diabetes?
Approximately one out of every three men and two out of every five women will suffer from diabetes at some point in their life. Diabetes is a chronic, debilitating and sometimes even fatal disease in which the body cannot produce insulin or cannot properly utilize the insulin it does produce. Diabetes leads to high blood sugar levels, which can damage organs, blood vessels, and nerves. Research has indicated that chiropractic care may make a valuable contribution to a wellness protocol that assists people diagnosed with diabetes. If you are struggling to find the connection between your back and blood sugar, you’re not alone. The connection can be explained through an electric current analogy. If you were to interfere with the current flowing through wires, appliances or other areas of the house may lose normal function or may even catch fire. If the nerve supply of the upper neck or middle back are disturbed, the pancreas suffers. Whether it is a reduced ability to produce enzymes to digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates, or the restricted ability to produce insulin, blood sugar and digestion become unbalanced resulting in either diabetes or hypoglycemia.
So what are the real benefits of chiropractic care if you suffer from diabetes?
- A whole person approach including nutrition advice and exercise to help you manage your symptoms
- Aligns the musculoskeletal system, freeing the pancreas of any nerve supply restriction
- Assists healthy organ function throughout the body
If you suffer from diabetes and want to reduce your symptoms or simply want to keep your body healthier and have tried every known diabetes treatment, it might be time to see your local chiropractor. In addition, chiropractic care can help you stay healthy and keep your baby healthy during pregnancy! Consult with your nearest chiropractic expert to find out more about how they may be able to help you!