Diabetes is a chronic condition that causes high sugar levels to be present in a person’s blood. Left untreated, many complications can arise from the disease, including eye problems, sores and lesions (primarily on the feet), nerve damage, digestive issues, and in rare instances, diabetic coma and death. Currently, diabetes is considered to be the fifth deadliest disease in the world.
In recent years, studies have been conducted to analyze chiropractic care as a non-invasive alternative therapy for people suffering from diabetes. While it may not appear on the surface that diabetes and chiropractic have anything in common, the two are actually pretty interconnected. The nerves in the upper and middle back are directly connected to the pancreas, a glandular organ in the digestive system that produces insulin, the hormone that regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body.
When subluxations or misalignments exist around theses nerves, the function of the pancreas is severely diminished. As a result blood sugar levels can become off balanced and proper digestion may cease. A chiropractor can gently manipulate the spine and realign the vertebrae so that pressure and stress on these nerves is relieved. Once the nerves are free of stress, the pancreas can receive proper signals and function at the optimum level. The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health conducted a study in 2011 that found that chiropractic care has the ability to stabalize blood sugar in people with diabetes.
Additionally, a concern for many people with diabetes is the sores that are prone to developing, along with the infections and the risk of amputation. Chiropractic care can improve the blood flow throughout your body by correcting the nervous system, and the better your blood flow, the less likely you are to develop these symptoms.
On a non-life threatening note, many people with diabetes complain about chronic back pain, and this is perhaps the most obvious symptom that chiropractic medicine can help alleviate. As a chiropractor relieves the subluxations in your spine, you should feel an immediate improvement in your pain. This is also applicable to the limited joint function, flexibility and stiffness commonly associated with the condition. As a long-term method of treatment, chiropractic care can greatly diminish your pain and improve your quality of life.
Of course, chiropractic care does not offer a cure for diabetes, and it cannot be used as the sole method of treatment. When considering adding chiropractic medicine to your treatment plan, it is advised to also implement a healthy diet and exercise. At Bluestone Chiropractic Group, we have several chiropractors who are Registered Dietitians in addition to being licensed chiropractors. They can discuss your individual concerns and needs and help you develop an effective course of treatment in conjunction with any treatment you receive from your primary physician.
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