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19/09/17
What are the Contraindications to Massage Treatment?

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people.

However, there are three types of contraindication:

TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all.

LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas.

MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

Total Contraindications:

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

1- Fever
2- Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
3- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
4- Recent operations or acute injuries
5- Neuritis
6- Skin diseases

Local Contraindications:

The massage can be performed but not over any areas affected by:

1- Varicose veins
2- Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
3- Bruising
4- Cuts
5- Abrasions
6- Sunburn
7- Undiagnosed pain
8- Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical Contraindications:

The massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.

1- Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
2- Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
3- Oedema
4- Psoriasis or eczem
5- High blood pressure
6- Osteoporosis
7- Cancer
8- Nervous or psychotic conditions
9- Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
10- Epilepsy
11- Diabetes
12- Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
13- Gynecological infections