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:
Bronchitis
Cold
Contact Dermatitis (if widespread)
Diarrhea (if due to infection)
Fever
German Measles
Gout (during acute phase)
Hepatitis
Hives
High Blood Pressure
(unless controlled by medication, diet or exercise)
Influenza (the flu) or other virus
Lice
Lupus (during a flare-up)
Measles
Mononucleosis
(Mono)
Mumps
Pneumonia
Ringworm
Scabies
Tonsillitis

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