Rashid Centre for
Diabetes & Research

Physiotherapy unit

Regular exercise improves blood glucose control, prevents type 2 diabetes, reduces cardiovascular risk factors and contributes to weight loss and improved well being

The Physiotherapy unit is a part of the Lifestyle clinic and contains a modern gymnasium furnished with the latest equipment for therapeutic exercise including electrotherapy and hydrotherapy units. This advanced equipment will assist our patients to achieve their individualized physical activity goals.All patients with diabetes attending the Physiotherapy Unit will be thoroughly screened and assessed by our Physiotherapist for any complications and recommended limitations of exercise, before starting their own personalized exercise program.

Exercise programs are streamlined to suit each patient’s needs and physical restrictions; thus by the time of discharge each patient will be fully confident in their exercise program and activities of daily living. They will also have an increased awareness of how to self-monitor their condition and be aware of warning signs of complications during and after exercise.


Lymphatic drainage is the latest massage therapy technique; it is a form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle massaging strokes. The light rhythmical massage encourages the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria for patients who are suffering from water retention, poor circulation and musculoskeletal problems such as chronic pain and reduced range of motion. It has a positive physical effect, improving the appearance of the skin, reducing puffiness, has an anti-spasmodic effect on stressed muscles, reducing chronic pain and increases in the range of motion of limbs and joints. This practice enables patients affected with any of these conditions to achieve their individualized exercise program.