With all the benefits that come with a massage, it might seem awkward that you should not have a massage at all times. But yes, when you suffer from certain medical conditions, it may not be recommended to have a massage, or at least not for the moment. This is why it is always important to discuss with the massage professional about any changes in your health conditions, in order to make the best of the situation. In our practice, if your medical condition has changed, you can easily update the intake form you filled out before your first appointment, and this can be done online.
Of course, some situations do not require to avoid having a massage but with the information you provide, the session will be adapted to suit your condition perfectly. It might be the technique which will be adapted, the heating of the room, the length of the session or other adjustments.
If you have had blood clots, recent fractures, open wounds, contagious diseases, skin infections, a fever, inflammation, unstable hypertension, nausea or recent surgery, you should not book a massage. You would need to recover from this condition before coming in for a massage.
If you are suffering from cancer, massage is not contra-indicated, and there are many benefits, but the techniques may need to be adapted to the specific circumstances. In any case, you will need to provide a medical certificate, certifying that massage is not contra-indicated in your condition. The certificate should also set out if the massage should be limited in time and the period for which the certificate is valid.
A contraindication can also be local and only apply to a specific part of your body, while massage may be done safely on the other parts of the body.
Massage may help with many conditions linked to pain, stress and illness, but should not be performed in all situations. It is important that your massage practitioner is well trained and aware of conditions that may contraindicate a massage. If you are concerned that your condition may get worse with a massage, please consult with your doctor first to get the green light.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !