The benefits of reflexology for diabetics can be numerous. The Revs Reflexology Massage footwear is designed in a way that will help the circulation and nerve trouble that can often develop in the feet as a result of the diabetes. The Revs footwear does not replace Diabetic Shoes per se but they are very helpful in promoting blood flow and circulation, keeping the nerves responding and stimulated, and aiding foot comfort.
What is Diabetes and how does Reflexology help this condition?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in the individual having high blood sugar levels. Your blood sugar levels are controlled in the body by 2 hormones, glucagon (causes cells to secret stored sugar into the blood to increases the blood sugar levels) & insulin (causes cells to absorb sugar to decreases the blood sugar levels). In diabetes the insulin does not work correctly resulting in blood sugar levels getting too high.
There are three main types of Diabetes:
Type 1: This is often referred to as “insulin depended diabetes” because this is when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and requires injections to control the blood sugar levels.
Type 2: When the cells of the body develop a resistance to insulin and they do not absorb sugars out of the blood.
Gestational diabetes: During pregnancy the pancreas needs to produce extra insulin and if it doesn’t this can lead to a pregnancy related diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes
The symptoms of diabetes are increased urination, thirst and hunger. The implications of not managing your insulin levels are poor vision, nausea, sickness, stomach pain and breathlessness. Too much glucose, or sugar, in your blood from diabetes can can cause nerve damage and poor blood flow, which can lead to serious foot problems. Diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy (a tingling, numbness, coldness, pain or loss of sensation due to never damage) or diabetic polyneuropathy.
So how can Revs Reflexology Footwear help?
First and foremost, reflexology is hugely helpful for improving circulation in your body and your feet. Revs reflexology footwear contain thousands of rubber nodules in varying height and widths which will stimulate the nerves on your feet promoting promote blood flow and sensation. Over and above this, they also offer help relieve any foot discomfort and pain, and help to keep the feet warm. The Revs Massage Insoles your slippers or shoes are a must for this! Bliss!
So Reflexology is great for the localised symptoms of poor circulation and neuropathy, but reflexology can do much more than that. By working on the feet to stimulate and balance the whole body, and by spending time on specific areas within the body though reflex points in the feet, reflexology can help to return the body back to a balanced state and encourage a general feeling of health and well-being.
By working on the pancreas and generally the endocrine (hormonal) system reflexology can encourage the production of insulin by helping the cells that produce the insulin to work as efficiently as possible. The liver would be another key area to work on through reflexology, due to its processing functions being effected by an increase in blood sugar levels. Reflexology is also great for symptom management; the areas worked on would vary depending on the individuals needs but examples would be the digestive system to reduce nausea and pain or the urinary system to help with the excessive urination.
The benefits for stress relief and relaxation are also well documented and are an important part of managing diabetes and your general health and well-being.
It would be advised to check your blood sugar levels before, during and after wearing your Revs reflexology footwear, especially when you first start wearing them. Due to the relaxing nature of a Reflexology treatment, it has been known to cause a drop in blood pressure and a lowering of blood sugar levels so you want to keep an eye on how the reflexology massage from the shoes is affecting your body and have available something to boost blood sugar just in case …. I imagine that most people with diabetes will be aware of their own responses to these situations but if you have never experienced reflexology it is worth pointing out. And as always, please let us know your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org!