Contraindications to Massage
We ask you to fill out our health profile because if you have certain medical conditions, for your health and well-being, massage should not be performed or may be restricted. These are not all obvious, so before booking, please review all of the contraindications to massage to make certain that none apply to you.
A massage will make you feel worse if you are suffering from any contagious or infectious disease, no matter how mild it may seem. If you have a cold, flu or fever, DO NOT BOOK a session. We will be very happy to see you once you are feeling 100% better.
What are the contraindications to massage?
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.
- MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.
The following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being. Thank you for taking them as seriously as we do.
When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:
- 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 acute injuries
- Skin diseases
- The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:
- Varicose veins
- Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- 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
- Psoriasis or eczema
- High blood pressure
- Nervous or psychotic conditions
- Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
- Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
- Gynecological infections
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 above cases it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.