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When Is Massage Contraindicated?


A massage is very relaxing and helps soothe tired muscles and relieve stress. But there are some cases or situations where a massage may not be good for a person.


In almost all cases, it is very important that you reveal any kind of medical condition you may have as well as any health concerns to your massage therapist. This way, the therapist can make adjustments to the massage session to better address your body's needs. It would also be a good idea to talk to your doctor to find out if any health conditions you may have may have a bad reaction to massage. Of course, your doctor will also tell you if you are cleared to get a massage.


Some of the conditions that are contraindicated with massage are: infection, fever, broken bones, high blood pressure, infectious diseases, tumors, muscle ruptures, open wounds, herniation, burns, heavy bruising, myositis, thromboses, and bleeding disorders like hemophilia. People who have skin infections ore severe heart conditions are also not adviced to get a massage. Certain gastrointestinal conditions are also considered not good with massages. Getting a massage when you have this condition may make it feel uncomfortable,


There are some cases when a massage is generally safe but the therapist should take care not to do any kind of deep work. Some of these situations include massaging elderly people, or those who suffer from osteoporis, rheumatism or arthritis. Deep tissue massage is also not a good idea if the patient has an autoimmune disease, Hodkin's lymphome, recent scar tissue and arteriosclerosis.

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