Diabetic Neuropathy Pain Often Results From Poor Circulation. Diabetic neuropathy – that tingling, numbing, painful feeling you get in your hands, feet, arms and legs – doesn’t have to be something that keeps you down. Learn how you can ACTIVATE PAIN REDUCING CIRCULATION with 3 "couch friendly" moves.
Did You Know Diabetic Neuropathy Strikes Those With Pre-Diabetes?
As we become more overweight and less active, our bodies become insulin resistant, which is a huge risk factor for developing prediabetes. You may not even be aware that you are pre-diabetic because there are no symptoms…unless you start to notice tingling, numbness and pre-diabetic nerve pain.
The CDC states that one in every three adults in the United States is pre-diabetic, and 90% of them don’t know it!
STOP “Diabetic Neuropathy” With Circulation Boosting Movement
Apart from managing your diet, the single most important thing you can do to prevent pre-diabetic neuropathy and reduce diabetic neuropathy pain is to get up and get moving.
An active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle.
Switching from a sedentary lifestyle to one of movement can feel difficult...
...Especially if you’re struggling with obesity and have a hard time walking because of neuropathy pain.
It wasn’t easy for me either at first, but you can do it…one small step at a time.
Reducing Diabetic Neuropathy Pain Starts With Just 5 Minutes a Day
And there are still exercises you can do, and you can eventually increase them and add to them.
You may only be able to do five minutes today, but be kind to yourself.
That’s five minutes you didn’t do yesterday.
As you grow in your exercise routine, you’ll begin to feel more energized and will be able to do much more as you progress.
Set a goal to build up to 30 minutes per day.
Increasing Oxygen to Nerves Diminishes Diabetic Neuropathy Symptoms
Here are three easy exercises to start you on your way to a healthier and more mobile life.
(Reminder: Always check with your physician first before starting any exercise routine.)
Sit upright in a chair (preferably) or on the couch. If you are sitting on a couch, put a few pillows behind you so that you sit upright with your feet on the floor and your legs bent 90 degrees. (Your back should not be leaning on the back of the couch.)
Starting with the left leg, raise it up straight and rotate your foot at the ankle clockwise ten times. Then rotate your foot in a counter-clockwise motion for an additional ten times. Repeat this with your right leg.
Sit upright in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Raise your toes up, both feet at the same time, and then tap them on the floor. Repeat this ten to twenty times.
Using a small ball (no bigger than a tennis ball) beneath your left foot, roll the ball back and forth as well as in small circles for three to five minutes. Repeat this with your right foot.
Just starting with a few minutes of exercise each day can help to alleviate peripheral neuropathy symptoms. And don’t forget to keep eating healthy!
NEXT: Read up on what foods you should be avoiding to reduce neuropathic pain.
To Your Good Health,