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What type of massage can help poor circulation from diabetes?

Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Jun 6, 2012
Basic massage techniques from Swedish massage are quite helpful for improving circulation. You may want to read the following article for information about benefits and contraindications: The important parts are to not do massage if there is pitting edema (pressure causes indentations in the skin that last longer than a second) and to carefully monitor blood glucose, as massage may cause a drop in blood glucose levels.
James Jordan Harrell (Pensacola, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
I would suggest a wonderful Swedish/relaxation massage, along with a professional licensed reflexologist working on her feet. It is wonderful for circulation, and feels incredible!
Jenny Sweeney (Tallahassee, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage, by definition, is designed to relax muscles, increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins in the muscles. A series of effleurage strokes, or flowing strokes, will increase circulation, providing relief for your mother. The amount of pressure is determined by the client; some prefer light pressure, while others enjoy deeper pressure. (Note: Deep pressure does not mean deep tissue, just a firm "touch"). Hope this helps!
Tatiana Pandolpho (New Fairfield, CT) on Jun 6, 2012
Cupping or lymphatic drainage is best.
Hanh Pham (Holliston, MA) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage will improves circulation in diabetics. It can relieve pain, encourage blood flow, and improve feelings of well-being. Be sure to tell your massage therapist you have diabetes. Because massage is so relaxing, one safety concern with massage is hypoglycemia during a massage session. If the therapist knows you have diabetes, he or she can look for signs.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Jun 6, 2012
Hello: Swedish and therapeutic massage.
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Consult her physician for advice. Ask about taking cayenne, which can increase circulation.
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Jun 6, 2012
Yes, massage will help circulation, particular acupressure.
Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Jun 6, 2012
Massage is great for diabetics. I also recommend an herb mixture. Start with a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper 3 times a day, taken with water or soymilk. Add a little more every day until you're taking a full teaspoon at a time. Drink green juice to detox. Avoid white rice, though brown and basmati rice is fine.
Kevin Franklin (Brandon, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
If your mother is actively being seen by a doctor, then I'd need a prescription to see her for massage. Diabetes can cause trouble in the extremities and needs to be managed properly. Let me know if I can help.
Sue Moore (, ) on Jun 6, 2012
I would suggest something light like Swedish, but nothing around any large protruding veins. Swedish relaxes but it also provides a wonderful increase in circulation.
Rogelio Medina (Arlington, TX) on Jun 6, 2012
One of massage's greatest effects is increasing blood circulation. Swedish massage is the most common form of massage and is designed to push blood toward the heart, improving circulation. Massage can also help diabetes by reducing blood glucose levels, anxiety, and depression. Although massage can help diabetes, certain precautions may need to be taken by the massage therapist. A therapist may need to adjust pressure to clients needs, make adjustments around the injection site, and have water and hard candy available to maintain glucose levels. Make sure to inform your massage therapist that you have diabetes before scheduling a massage.
Joseph DeBoo (Naperville, IL) on Jun 6, 2012
I understand your question because my wife has diabetes and complains of the same thing. I tell her that it is an internal response to poor circulation. Friction, compression, petrissage, milking the muscle, effleurage and other massage techniques all help to increase circulation. Keep in mind that it's not just the poor circulation that needs to be addressed, but what is causing the poor circulation.
Ashley Hiatt (Austin, TX) on Jun 6, 2012
I would suggest a Swedish massage for diabetic patients. Massage is great for increasing circulation, which is negatively impacted in diabetics. Make sure she knows that she should tell her therapist in case if the pressure gets too strong for her. Make sure that she checks her blood sugar before and after getting a massage as blood sugar will drop during a massage. And of course, have your mom check with her physician first before receiving a massage.
Crystal Balboa (Desert Hot Springs, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Massage is great for circulation, especially when combined with stretching.
Kate Reust (Seattle, WA) on Jun 6, 2012
While gentle lymphatic or fibromyalgia-style massage may work to help with some of the issues, addressing the circulatory issues is more important. In my practice with diabetic patients, we have found that a therapy of high antioxidant OPC3 to help with circulation is the best first step. The last thing you'd want to do with potential stagnant blood is to force it into the system. Check with your mother's doctors before starting any type of massage therapy as there may be other factors to consider.
Melissa Curtis (Lake Wales, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
Massage is excellent for anyone with diabetes. Massage increases the circulation of the blood and oxygen. For the elderly, especially those taking a blood thinner, relaxation massage is recommended.
Heather Miller (Staten Island, NY) on Jun 6, 2012
Standard Swedish massage has been shown to help with poor local circulation, as it increases blood flow to the body part being massaged, and it has also been shown to benefit overall circulation in the body. If the diabetic person has peripheral neuropathy (numbness in the extremities), the therapist should be informed, as this can negatively affect the feedback the client is able to give about pressure.
MaryAnn Sumaraga (Modesto, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Reflexology is best for anyone that is diabetic.
Robin Kania (Scottsdale, AZ) on Jun 6, 2012
I have found that lymphatic massage works well for individuals with diabetes. It does not have as much pressure as standard massage and allows for better circulation throughout the body. I would also suggest Reiki treatments, which is done while the individual remains fully dressed, lying on the massage table. The energy flow of the body is increased, again increasing circulation through the body and helping with the common symptoms of diabetes.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Jun 6, 2012
Any type of massage would be great, along with stretching.
Lauren McGregor (Hollywood, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
Any massage can help with circulation. Lymphatic drainage targets the toxins in the blood stream and may be the best option. If that is what you want, I would be more then happy to talk to you more about it.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage, which uses long strokes (efflurage).
Peter Proto (Meriden, CT) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish or deep tissue.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Deep tissue and Thai massage.
Amanda Boehm (Alexandria, VA) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage with light to medium pressure helps with circulation issues. Too much pressure can be hard on a diabetic.
Shirley Lynn Thorn (Menifee, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
For individuals who have diabetes, the best massage is a good Swedish massage, which will get the blood moving. As a professional massage therapist I always ask if the client has neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, as this condition makes it difficult to feel excessive pressure.
Brian Chambers (Chicago, IL) on Jun 6, 2012
Massage therapy has an amazing range of health benefits, as proven most recently in a large study conducted by Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. One of the primary mechanisms behind these benefits is improved circulation, simply because circulation is the foundation of proper bodily function and health. While some types of massage may promote circulation more directly than others, the most important thing is for your mother to select a massage therapist with whom she is comfortable, who is conveniently located, and who is affordable or accepts her insurance. Massage therapy should always be enjoyable and relieve stress, never create it! Good luck!
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Jun 6, 2012
Massage in general will help with poor circulation in any situation, whether diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety or other conditions. Massage reduces stress, which can elevate the sugar levels and raise blood pressure.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Jun 6, 2012
Any type of massage would be helpful. Massage therapy, in general, increases blood flow tremendously.
Paula Irwin (Del Mar, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage is generally recommended for diabetes. Swedish massage consists of long gliding strokes which increase circulation. Lymphatic massage is also a good recommendation, as it is gentle to the tissue and works specifically with the lymph flow. The lymphatic system carries the larger cellular debris out of the body. This helps to support the immune system by clearing pathways for the organs to detoxify. It is important to first have your doctor's approval. Massage does affect insulin levels, so testing insulin after the massage is essential. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Viktoras Jeriomenko (New York, NY) on Jun 6, 2012
The best form of massage to help treat poor circulation is the French technique called effleurage, or stroke technique in English. This uses, quite literally, light strokes in order to enliven, revive and stimulate the central nervous system. The tissues will warm up as you stroke the body, improving the circulation. It is important to note that a deep tissue massage will not be as effective in improving circulation. The other point to remember is that properly addressing poor circulation via massage can take up to 15 sessions. It is, therefore, important to adjust one's expectations and not expect dramatic improvement right away.
Rosemary Rickard (Tampa, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
My father, sister, and brother also have diabetes. All massage therapists are trained in the five basic Swedish massage techniques. These techniques increase circulation. 1.Effleurage: long gliding strokes 2.Petrissage: kneading strokes 3.tapotement: hacking, beating, chopping,and picking 4.Vibration: a series of small short pulses with the fingertips 5.Friction: back and forth movement with the fingers used to increase heat in the joints and ligaments A good massage therapist will have your mother fill out a medical health form, ask her questions, and discuss the amount of pressure that would be comfortable for her. As always, check with her doctor to get the go-ahead for a massage therapy treatment.
Sherry Glover (Austin, TX) on Jun 6, 2012
A good Swedish massage will help with circulation and will warm the hands and feet. If your mother has neuropathy, I would recommend lymph drainage, which will increase circulation and relieve any swelling. I highly recommend that anyone with a medical condition consider a therapist with at least five years of experience.
Cindy Strickland (Coventry, CT) on Jun 6, 2012
She could benefit from a Swedish massage. The strokes I use will help with the circulation and swelling.
Lara Aitken (Orlando, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage can help you.
Eve Torres (Pinellas Park, FL) on Jun 6, 2012
I would recommend a lymphatic massage, which is gentle enough for someone with diabetes and helps stimulate circulation throughout the body.
Robert Conroy (San Diego, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Just about any type of massage increases circulation. Hot stone and hot lava shell massage, in particular, can work wonders. Cold hands and feet can be caused by low blood sugar, so make sure she is checking her blood sugar. Diabetes doesn't directly cause poor circulation, but it can cause neuropathy, or nerve damage, in the hands and feet. I'm a San Diego certified massage therapist and also a certified nutritionist for California. I specialize in weight loss, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
Amy Murry (Olympia, WA) on Jun 6, 2012
A general wellness or Swedish-style massage would probably be a good place to start when seeking to improve circulation. Make sure to discuss your particular case with your practitioner before you receive treatment, especially if you are suffering from any neuropathy in your extremities. Keep the lines of communication open during the massage. The practitioner should adjust to the appropriate modality and depth of work for you.
David Sheltren (Santee, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Neuromuscular massage as well as Swedish massage would be beneficial to her.
Dominique Charleston (Seabrook, MD) on Jun 6, 2012
Geriatric massage works well with diabetic patients.
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Jun 6, 2012
A good Swedish massage can increase circulation. Massage is definitely not just a luxury, it is a necessary treatment. It improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and relieves stress, to name a few of the benefits.
Sjhon Brown (Albany, NY) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage is a ideal approach to addressing circulation concerns. You should also look into low intensity resistance training to help get blood flowing on a more constant basis.
Lori Hudson (Del Mar, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Circulatory massage, such as Swedish massage, can be quite beneficial and comforting, but I use micro-current therapy for most of my clients with diabetes. My co-worker was scheduled to have his feet amputated eight years ago, but this therapy saved him from this devastating surgery. Please contact me for more information or a treatment.
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage is the best thing that you can get for diabetes. It help with the circulation. Its also lowers your blood pressure.
Barbara Merschen (San Francisco, CA) on Jun 6, 2012
Though it may be challenging, walking and exercise is the best long-term solution. Most massages increase circulation. While Swedish massage is the the standard choice in this case, any type of touching will activate blood flow. To be honest, this will provide only temporary relief.
Ted Goodnight (Leverett, MA) on Jun 6, 2012
There is a specific type of massage for circulation called, appropriately enough, circulatory massage. It is a gentle massage consisting of compressions and gentle stroking to move the blood along. Of course, as with any massage, any history or risk of blood clots is a contraindication. Massaging an affected area (where a clot resides) may cause it to dislodge and flow to either the heart, lungs, or brain. Diabetics with poor circulation may be prone or more susceptible to blood clots. Therefore, it is recommended that there be a doctor's referral/prescription for massage before moving forward in such a case.
Diane Matheis (Forest Hills, NY) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage is probably the most common form of massage in the US. Its main goal is relaxation and improved circulation. The therapist applies oil to the skin and uses flowing strokes and kneading movements to relieve tension from the muscles.
Joanne Beauchamp (South Easton, MA) on Jun 6, 2012
Actually, all kinds of massage increase circulation in the body. I would suggest a Swedish massage because it is relaxing and soothing. It appears by your description that she may have neuropathy in her feet and hands. Neuropathy is damage to the nerves. In the hands and feet it is called peripheral neuropathy and it can cause pain, tingling and numbness. I would not suggest she ever have deep massage on her hands or feet, because she may not sense if the massage is going too deep and end up with bruising and soreness. However, a medium to light pressure massage would be the best choice and could really give her some relief. I have worked with clients with diabetes and they have seen much improvement with massage. I wish your mother luck. Take care.
Ken Elwood (Fostoria, MI) on Jun 6, 2012
Diabetes will damage blood vessels and impair circulation. Swedish massage will help increase circulation while decreasing pressure on nerves and tissues. After several sessions, deeper therapeutic massage can be used.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish circulatory massage will help circulation.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Jun 6, 2012
Lymphatic massage can improve circulation. This type of massage helps to relieve swelling in the legs and arms.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Jun 6, 2012
From my own professional experience, I believe massage can be very beneficial for people with diabetes. Massage helps increase circulation, especially to those areas furthest from the heart, such as the hands and feet. Many insurance companies won't reimburse, however, because they say they lack specific data showing the efficacy of massage. The best advice I can give is to see your doctor, request a prescription for therapeutic massage and if given the go-ahead, find an experienced therapist who will perform a light Swedish/lymphatic drainage massage for you. Good luck!
James Delgadillo (Memphis, TN) on Jun 6, 2012
Massage is very effective in increasing circulation in the hands and feet. The age and general health of the client will determine the massage techniques. A word of caution. The decreased circulation in the extremities also results in a loss of feeling or sensation. The therapist should monitor the client carefully to avoid using too much pressure.
Darcy Lynch (Riverside, RI) on Jun 6, 2012
Swedish massage, long gliding strokes using gentle to firm pressure, can increase blood flow and oxygen to the hands and feet.
Nadia Loury (Glenolden, PA) on Jun 6, 2012
I would recommend Swedish massage to help increase circulation for your mother.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Jun 6, 2012
Shiatsu would be great for this.