Understanding How a Chiropractor Can Help With Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States, with more than 29 million people living with this problem. If you are one of these people, you likely do a lot of things to keep your diabetes in check, including taking medications as prescribed and seeing your general practitioner on a regular basis. However, visiting a chiropractor may be something you should also consider.
Although there are many things you can do to manage the symptoms of diabetes, there is currently no known cure. How can a chiropractor help you with managing your symptoms? Take a look at some of the reasons why you should see a chiropractor regularly if you have diabetes.

Get Help With Nerve Pain

Nerve pain is a common problem for people with diabetes. This is because high blood sugar levels can actually block nervous impulses, and a lack of blood flow to certain areas, such as your feet and legs, can affect the small nerve capillaries. Diabetic nerve pain, which is often diagnosed as diabetic neuropathy, is actually a condition that your chiropractor can help you manage. This condition causes:

  • Pain in the legs and feet
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in the arms, legs and feet
  • Restlessness of the legs and feet
  • Higher likelihood of injury due to loss of sensations

Because the spine is the central point of the nervous system, spinal manipulations can effectively jump-start nervous responses that are lagging, especially those leading to the lower body. Additionally, because they spend so much time studying the nervous system, most chiropractors are well-versed in neuropathy. This means that they will be able to help you understand your symptoms.

Get Help With Weight Loss

Chiropractors are often looked at as alternative-treatment physicians because their approaches to medical care do not involve medications and surgical procedures. Instead, these professionals focus on the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system and even dietary needs and nutrition. A few things your chiropractor may be able to help you with include:

  • Understanding what your healthy weight is
  • Understanding how your weight affects your diabetes
  • Understanding which diets are safe for you as a diabetic

If you have diabetes, it is a good idea to talk to your chiropractor about nutritional recommendations or even wellness programs they have to offer to help you better manage your blood sugar levels and lose weight in a safe manner. Your diet and nutritional intake has everything to do with your diabetic symptoms.

Get Help With Nerve Flow to the Pancreas

Pancreatic dysfunction that prohibits the production of insulin is the root cause of diabetes. Certain spinal manipulations that actually encourage nerve flow to the pancreatic region are shown to help the brain-body connection, thus reducing problems with insulin production.

Chiropractic manipulation can cause nerve impulses to be triggered as they are in a healthy body. Nerve flow blockages can directly interfere with the pancreas and how it functions during insulin release.  

There is some research to suggest that manipulating the nerves could be the key to the cure for diabetes patients. This research is in its infant stages, but it does show a connection between neural optimization and blood sugar regulation. With regular chiropractic care, you will gain access to the latest developments in these ideas. 

Being diagnosed with a disease such spine
as diabetes that you will be dealing with for the rest of your life can be scary. However, with proper blood sugar regulation and care, this is a manageable problem. If you would like to know more about diabetes and how chiropractic care can help, contact Williford Chiropractic and Wellness for an appointment.

Joel Williford