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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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November is National Diabetes Month

From the desk of Kristen Reynolds, DPT, CPT...
The American Diabetes Association reports that 8.3% of the United States population is diabetic. Of the 25.8 million diabetics, a startling 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. This chronic condition is characterized by diminished insulin production or impaired sensitivity to insulin, (or both!) leading to secondary complications of the skin, eyes, peripheral nerves, cardiovascular system, and kidneys. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Studies have found that improved glycemic control benefits people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, while blood pressure control reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by 33% to 50% and eye, kidney, and nerve co-morbidities by approximately 33%. Nutrition, insulin, and oral medication to decrease blood glucose levels are essential to diabetes treatment and management. Knowledge of the disease and self-care, such as physical activity and monitoring blood sugar, are also vital components of improving health outcomes and quality of life. Adhering to a diet and exercise regimen can be a challenge at first, but is absolutely attainable. Read this inspiring story of hope about a Type II diabetic whose exposure to Pilates changed her mind and body for the better.
Pilates is an excellent conditioning method that helps to lower blood glucose levels, boosts weight loss, and protects the body from injury. It is a low impact, anaerobic workout that allows the body to burn fat and carbohydrates (increasing insulin sensitivity to decrease and balance blood glucose levels) and emphasizes breathing to assist with reducing cortisol, i.e. stress and tension and thus, blood pressure.
Before beginning Pilates, diabetic clients should be aware of the following:
  • 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.

 

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