Massage therapy is a non-invasive, relaxing, and natural treatment that is generally considered safe for most people. However, there are certain conditions that may be contraindicated for massage therapy. Contraindications are pre-existing conditions or medical complications that may prevent you from receiving massage therapy. It is essential that the patient always inform the massage therapist before treatment begins.
The following are five of the most common massage contraindications:Fever. Any time you have a fever, whether due to a cold, flu, or other infection, you should not get a massage.
Contagious Diseases. If you have a contagious disease, massage therapy should be avoided.
Vomiting and Diarrhea. If you are experiencing vomiting or diarrhea, it is best to avoid massage therapy.
If you are experiencing severe pain, it is best to consult with your doctor before getting a massage.
Kidney Disease. If you have kidney disease, it is best to consult with your doctor before getting a massage. It is important to note that these are only five of the many contraindications for massage therapy. Depending on the condition, many massage therapy centers will insist on medical approval before starting treatment. With a relative contraindication, the massage can be performed, but simply modified to ensure the safety of the indicated area.
Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, cannot, under the law, attempt to diagnose a condition. If you suffer from any of the above conditions or any other medical complications, it is important to consult with your doctor before getting a massage. Your doctor can advise you on whether or not it is safe for you to receive massage therapy and provide any necessary medical approval.