When shouldn’t you get a massage?

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MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT ARE CONTRAINDICATED FOR MASSAGE THERAPY

These conditions and/or pathologies are contraindicated for massage and require a prescription for massage from your physician prior to your massage.  You may bring the permission at the time of your massage.

  •   Local contagious/infectious conditions
  • Acute flare-up of inflammatory arthritis (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic lupus erthematosus, Ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s syndrome.)
  • During radiation therapy treatment
  • Active cancer
  • Diabetes mellitus 1 OR 2 with advanced heart or kidney disease – could have possible hypoglycemic reaction
  • Recent traumatic injury (car accident, head injury)
  • Acute disk herniation
  • Fever
  • Seizure disorder
  • Hypertension/Hypotension not well controlled by medication (high or low blood pressure not controlled by medication)
  • Phlebitis (Blood clot)
  • Severe varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Thromboanaglitis obliterans (Buerger’s Disease)
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Acute Neuritis
  • Acute Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Meningitis
  • Sepsis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Esophageal varicosities
  • Acute and subacute goiter
  • Any undiagnosed internal bleeding
  • Severe unexplained internal pain
  • Acute Ulcerative colitis (Crohn’s Disease)
  • Acute Diarrhea
  • Anema
  • Bursitis
  • Heart problems
  • Hematoma
  • Lice
  • Any unstable condition

SKIN CONDITIONS THAT ARE CONTRAINDICATED FOR MASSAGE

  • Acute Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Severe Bruises
  • Skin infections or ulcerations
  • Ring worm
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Warts
  • Open Wounds
  • Recent Burn
  • Skin Cancer

IF YOU ARE TAKING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, PLEASE GET APPROVAL FROM YOUR PHYSICIAN FOR A MASSAGE SESSION

  • Pain Medication
  • Heart Medication
  • Blood Thinners
  • If you are taking an antibiotic prescribed by your physician, it should be taken for three full days to achieve a blood level (of antibiotic) before a massage can be safely given.

Recap:

This list covers the basics when it comes to contraindications for massage, even if you work for someone I would recommend having these two books in your massage library.

  1. Drug Handbook for Massage Therapist
  2. Disease Handbook for Massage Therapist

I would keep these at work so you can reference them as needed easily. If someone takes the time to write all their medications out for you, then you ow them the curtsy of taking a minute to see if any of those medications are contraindicated. Also if you do massage long enough then you are bound to see all kinds of things and it’s important to say on the up- and -up to protect your massage business and your license.

I hope you found this article helpful and if I can help you any further with this, please let me know. Thanks for reading…

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