Is massage OK for me?
For the vast majority of people massage therapy is a completely safe treatment option. For a limited few, it may be a bad idea.
It's often suggested massage therapy is unsafe for anyone with Cancer as it could spread the tumor. This is untrue and outdated information. Massage therapy can be very beneficial for people living with Cancer and certainly shouldn't be avoided unless on the advise of your medical practitioner.
Another massage myth is, getting a massage therapy during the first trimester of pregnancy should be avoided. Fortunately for all expectant mothers, there is no evidence or scientific base to support this claim.
There are some instances when massage could complicate or aggravate an illness or condition. In other words, getting massaged when you have any of the conditions listed below could be a bad idea. At the very least you need to discuss these conditions with your therapist before booking an appointment.
Don't be put off from getting a massage by this list. I know it seems long but if you read it you'll notice it contains simple, commonsense contra-indications such as "open bleeding wounds", frostbite and broken bones, all the way up to very specific illnesses such as "Esophageal Varicose" and "Berger's Disease".
- Berger's Disease
- Oesophageal Varices
- Chronic Superficial Thrombus
- Portal Hypertension
- Unstable Hypertension / Hypotension
- Cardiac Bruit
- Advanced Respiratory Failure / Cardiopulmonary Disease
- Emboli - blood clot
- Heart Disease
- Thrombus / Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Varicose Veins
- Skin Graft
- Infectious Skin Disease
- Open or Healing Wounds
- Contagious Infection
- Fever / High Temperature
- Acutely Ill
- Recent Head Injury
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
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