Is massage OK for me?
For the vast majority of people massage therapy is a completely safe treatment option. For a limited few, it might be a bad idea.
First off lets dispel a few myths.
It's previously been suggested massage therapy isn't appropriate for people coping with Cancer as it could spread the tumor. This is outdated information and massage therapy can be very beneficial for people living with Cancer.
Another common massage myth is, getting a massage during the first trimester of pregnancy is dangerous. Again this is outdated information and there is absolutely no scientific evidence or basis to support this claim.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. I'm happy to chat with you via email if you have any questions 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 some simple, commonsense contra-indications such as "open bleeding wounds", frostbite and broken bones.
- 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
Still have questions?
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I promise I'll get back to you with an answer as quickly as my schedule allows, usually within 24 hours.