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Does stretching help relieve people with diabetes?

1 JUNE 2018

* Simple regular stretches can help physical status and well-being of people with diabetes * Research project seeking adults with Type 2 diabetes and living in Albury-Wodonga to test stretching program at home.A Charles Sturt University (CSU) health researcher is investigating the benefits of simple stretching exercises to relieve aches and pains for people with diabetes.Honours student Mr Rod Burgess is seeking residents from Albury-Wodonga aged over 18 years who have Type 2 (Age Onset) diabetes to take part in his research project based at Thurgoona.“We know that diabetes can thicken and stiffen the tissues in the body and so affect a person’s quality of life as they become less flexible. This can change the way a person moves and causes them more harm,” said Mr Burgess, who is in his final year of physiotherapy with the CSU School of Community Health.“We know exercise can benefit people with diabetes, however some people cannot or choose not to exercise.“We are now investigating if even a small amount of stretching and exercise can have positive medical effects for people with diabetes, as well as how they feel.”Mr Burgess is now seeking participants to take part in his research project in their homes to assess the impact of gentle exercise on their disease.After completing an initial health check and questionnaire with Mr Burgess at the CSU Community Engagement & Wellness Centre, participants will be asked to gently stretch muscles in their legs and ankles at home for 10 minutes in each session, with three sessions per week over a six-week period as part of the study.“Muscle stretching is easy and safe to do and may possibly improve or delay some of the damaging effects of your diabetes. Participating in the project could help you, and hopefully other people with diabetes, to relieve some symptoms of this crippling disease,” Mr Burgess said.For further information or to participate in the research project, call the Community Engagement & Wellness Centre (CEW) on 6051 9299 or email, at CSU in Albury-Wodonga, Ellis Street, Thurgoona.

Media contact:

Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU health researcher Mr Rod Burgess.

Mr Burgess is supervised by Associate Professor Paul Tinley and Dr Louise Pemberton.

Mr Burgess will be available for pictures and interviews at 10 am on Monday 4 June in the CSU Community Engagement & Wellness Centre, Ellis Street, Thurgoona (parking in carpark P7).

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