Action Plan for Diabetic Patients
A 2017 study also found benefits of foot massage for people with diabetes. In a group of 38 people with type 2 diabetes, the researchers found that foot massage led to increased balance and mobility

At this time, research is still ongoing looking at how to best use massage to treat diabetes symptoms. Massage is a complementary therapy, meaning that it may support traditional medical treatment but it shouldn’t be relied on as a substitute.

Some of the types of massage that have been linked to benefits include:

Thai foot massage

Other types of foot massage

Traditional Chinese massage

Swedish massage

Connective tissue massage

Massage may be able to help people with diabetes lower blood sugar levels, improve circulation, and deal with neuropathy symptoms. More research is needed to best understand what type of massage is most effective, and how often massage should be implemented. Studies rarely report serious side effects from massage. But it’s possible that massage may cause your blood sugar to drop, so it’s a good idea to bring an emergency source of sugar, such as glucose tablets or juice.