Massage is a relaxing and natural therapy and is generally a safe treatment for most people.
However, there are conditions that may require a client to seek the advice of their Doctor before proceeding with a massage treatment. A trained therapist would know when to avoid massage and would usually get a general idea about your health and current conditions before starting any massage. However, if you are treating yourself or a friend or family member, then it is useful to know when to avoid massage.
A therapist must not massage under the following conditions ever:
- Contagious disease
- Infectious disease
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Cancer (unless in final stages of the disease and with medical permission)
A therapist may massage in these conditions but not over the affected area:
- Skin diseases
- Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- Varicose veins
- Inflammation (usually skin is red and hot)
- Scar tissue after an operation (not within 2 years for major surgery and 6 months for minor surgery)
- Undiagnosed pain
- Menstruation (on the abdomen for the first few days of bleeding)
A therapist must seek approval from doctor if any of the following occur:
- High blood pressure/ low blood pressure
- Thrombosis (clotting of the blood)
- Serious heart conditions or diseases
- Osteoporosis (brittle bone disease)
- Diabetes (client may have no sensation particularly in the feet)
- Bells’ palsy (paralysis generally of the face)
- Trapped or pinched nerve
Keep the above in mind and it is in the best interests to avoid the massage in case of any of them. However, if you are completely fit and observe none of these conditions, then there should be nothing stopping you. Go ahead and indulge!