When Massage May Not Be a Good Idea
Massage Therapy is very beneficial to your well being, however, sometimes you should not have a massage. These reasons could include:
- When you have a fever- fevers are caused by the body to fight off invaders of your immune system, since massage therapy increases your body’s circulation this could make it work against you.
- Infectious Diseases- if you are currently struck with an infectious disease such as the flu, or shingles massage will make you feel worse.
- Bone breakage- if you have a broken bone, we cannot work on this area as it can be re-broken, we could work on other areas of the body depending on which bone is broken
- Hernia- hernias are when an organ of your body is protruding through your muscle wall, we cannot push this back in and depending on the area of the body affected you may not be able to lie flat to have your massage and have the pressure of the massage pushing on your body
- Skin lesions- If you have a burn, boil, bruise, rash, blister or any kind of skin opening – you cannot have a massage to the affected area, but others can be massaged.
- High blood pressure- if you are suffering from untreated high blood pressure, please let your massage therapist know as you should only have lighter pressure so that we do not increase your blood pressure.
- Blood Clots/Deep Vein Thrombosis- if you currently have a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis you should not be having any massage treatment as it can dislodge the clot
Ultimately- if you have had any change in your health history you should always notify your massage therapist in advance so that it can be discussed and any treatment alterations can be made.