Diabetes is a condition where the body lacks insulin or has an impaired response to insulin, and affects over 9% of the population. Insulin is the hormone that enables the body to use glucose for energy. With a lack of insulin or a response to it, blood sugar levels can rise dangerously high.
It is important to be aware of your patients’ medical conditions before implementing any manual therapy treatment. Previous medical conditions or illnesses may affect your treatment plan and impact your diagnosis of the problem. When treating diabetic patients, take the following considerations into account.
Check for proper footwear.
Thus, diabetic patients are advised to stay away from tight or uncomfortable footwear that may trigger adverse effects. As their manual therapist, always double check to make sure your patients are wearing appropriate footwear before exercise, especially if they have diabetes.
Always be aware of insulin levels
Advise your patients to eat at least 2 hours before their manual therapy treatment.
Hypoglycemia can cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, and even, death. It is common in diabetic clients due to overdosing on their insulin medication or forgetting to eat their meals after their insulin injections. If any of these symptoms occur, offer your patient orange juice or a high glucose snack. If symptoms persist, contact a doctor.
Always do your research if you are unsure about a patient's medical condition. Certain precautions may be necessary due to their medical history.