Massage Therapy Contraindications

I need to underline the importance of seriously considering the contraindications for massage therapy.
Numerous times I warned my clients about the risk of delaying the healing process or even aggravating their health if they receive massage when having a cold or a virus. Rarely my clients accepted to leave my clinic and return only when well. Rarely those that received a treatment did not get back to acute stage of a cold or a virus. Sadly one of my clients had to go to ER the next day.
Please inform your therapists ahead of time if you are sick and decide together with them if you should reschedule your treatment. Please accept  that we are also responsible and it is within our scope of practice to make the best judgement in the long run.
Example of conditions that are temporary contraindications for massage therapy:
Contact Dermatitis (if widespread)
Diarrhea (if due to infection)
German Measles
Gout (during acute phase)
High Blood Pressure
(unless controlled by medication, diet or exercise)
Influenza (the flu) or other virus
Lupus (during a flare-up)

Did you know?

One important benefit of Massage Therapy in Canada is the access that a health care professional has to your skin. In our society, with our rules, norms and laws, one of the most important organs of our body must stay hidden from most assessment. The few health care professionals that have more access to your skin
are the Dermatologists and the Massage Therapists. Your skin is the map of your health.
Your skin temperature, tone, tenderness, texture, color, discoloration, pliability, elasticity, and everything that grows underneath, within or on top of the skin is important from a health perspective.
We are the first ones to ring the alarm bell in case something is not right. Prevention is better than cure. Please be well!


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