November is National Diabetes Month
- It is essential to receive physician clearance to begin a program and notify the instructor of the diabetic condition. The instructor must be aware to ensure safety and modify or avoid exercises, such as rolling or going upside down, that are contraindicated for those with high blood pressure or diabetic co-morbidity.
- Physicians often encourage diabetics to check their blood glucose levels before and after exercise so that workouts are terminated if it measures below 100 mg/dL or greater than 300 mg/dL.
- Exercises programs should be performed consistently in order to maintain a regular diet and insulin dosage. Plan to engage in a similar exercise routine every day within one hour of consuming a meal or snack, but avoid exercising during periods of peak insulin activity because exercise has an insulin-like effect.
- Individuals should not inject insulin into the primary muscle groups before workouts, because it will absorb too quickly and cause hypoglycemia.
- In the event that one develops hypoglycemia, it is recommended to have a quick-acting carbohydrate on hand, such as juice or candy.
- Symptoms of hypoglycemia vary, but may include anxiety, confusion, dizziness, heart palpitations, hunger, sweating, tremors, and weakness.
- Pilates is a beautiful, self rewarding workout - have fun!
Kristen M. Reynolds, DPT, CPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Pilates Teacher
Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She has studied with Balanced Body, Peak Pilates, and most recently Balancepoint Pilates. She is an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Sections, as well as the APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups.
Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group classes.