Contraindications and Precautions with Massage Therapy
There are contraindications for Massage, times when it is not appropriate. Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindication: TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all; LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas; and MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted. Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place? Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the below cases it is best to have advice from your physician. AS a massage therapists I do and may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.
The following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being. Thank you for taking them as seriously as I do.
When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:
- - Fever
- - Contagious or infectious diseases, including any cold or flu no matter how mild it may seem.
- - Under the influence of drugs or alcohol- including prescription pain medication
- - Recent operations or accute injuries
- - Neuritis
- - Skin diseases
Massage will be avoided over any areas affected by:
- - Varicose veins
- - Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- - Pregnancy
- - Bruising
- - Cuts
- - Abrasions
- - Sunburn
- - Undiagnosed pain
- - Inflammation, including arthritis
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.
- - Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
- - Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
- - Oedema
- - Psoriasis or eczema
- - Extreme blood pressure
- - Osteoporosis
- - Cancer
- - Nervous or psychotic conditions
- - Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
- - Epilepsy
- - Diabetes