Diabetes and Physiotherapy

Let’s talk about diabetes. Approximately 1.7 million Australians are living with Diabetes and 280 people are newly diagnosed every day in Australia.

 You could say it’s on the rise to say the least.

As many of you would know, Diabetes presents itself in two different ways. Type 1 develops when a person’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot absorb glucose. To manage this condition, sufferers then personally inject insulin to their system every day.

Type 2 is a little different. This means that a person’s body is still producing insulin but their tissues become ‘insulin resistant’ which means their tissues don’t want to absorb the insulin. The good news is that this can be managed with a good diet, plenty of regular exercise & taking positive steps to maintaining general wellbeing.

It’s important to remember that both types of diabetes have the potential to bring on other chronic health conditions. So, an overall and fresh approach to healthy living is a necessity for those with diabetes. The good news is that physiotherapy can help you get there.

First of all, let’s chat about diabetes and exercise

Exercise has many benefits, including the fact that it can help to regulate diabetes in the following ways:

– Helps you achieve a healthy weight which can assist your body with managing your diabetes
– Helps to keep your blood sugar levels under control
– Strengthens the heart & cardiovascular system
– Encourages your insulin to work more efficiently by stimulating the cells to use more glucose
– Exercise can increase your mood, which in turn, can keep you motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle

How physiotherapy can help your diabetes

Your local physiotherapist can assist in the prevention & management of your diabetes. Your physiotherapist can:

– Initially assess your physical condition & work out a level to begin from that’s right for you
– Create you a customised, physiotherapy program containing different, tailored exercises
– Give you a program that you can also follow at home so you can be active on a daily basis
– Professionally guide you through your program at the correct pace that suits you
– Be your key contact for any physical issues that may arise as a result of your diabetes
– Professional support & guide you along your diabetes journey

Managing diabetes or assisting with the prevention of the disease is definitely something that the team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy can help you with.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about tackling your diabetes, contact the office today on (02) 4721 7798 or email info@progressiverehab.com.au

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.