Why Some People Cannot Receive a Massage
MASSAGE CONTRAINDICATIONS …Daniel Brownell
Massage therapy is a wonderful and beneficial form of holistic health care. Massage can provide stress relief, muscle tension relief, improve circulation, and the list goes on. But massage can be detrimental to your health if you have certain physical conditions, illnesses, or diseases. You can also put your therapist at risk of contracting the illness or disease if you are in a contagious state of health.
The term "massage contraindication" means you are not able to receive massage, or the massage may be limited to certain areas of your body. When you are contraindicated for a massage it is for your health and safety as well as the massage therapist. Not all contraindications mean that you will never be able to have a massage. There are two types of contraindications: local contraindications and absolute contraindications.
Local contraindications are conditions involving a pathology related illness/disease or an acute injury. These conditions mean caution must be exercised and the massage must be adapted to the condition. This is to ensure the safety of both the client and the therapist. For the client, the massage must be adjusted as to ensure it will not spread the condition, or further injure the client. For the therapist, it is to ensure the therapist does not contract the disease.
If you have what is determined to be a local contraindication your therapist may require a doctor's release before she will agree to provide you with a massage. While some local contraindications only require that you and your therapist discuss the condition and tailor the massage accordingly. In either case, it is the therapist that will make the final decision as to whether or not you will be able to receive the massage. This is done to protect your health and safety as well as the massage therapist.
A massage may be adjusted for a local contraindication in several ways. It can mean an area is to be avoided, such a the lower leg of a recently sprained ankle. It can require that the pressure be adjusted during the massage. The position in which the client is laying on the massage table is adjusted, such as using a side lying position for pregnant women. It can also mean the time allowed for the massage is adjusted.
Some of the more common local contraindications include, but are not limited to: Abnormal lumps, Ance Vulgaris, athlete's foot, blisters, bruises, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Cystitis (Baker's and sebaceous), Decubitus Ulcers, Gouty Arthritis, Graves' Disease, hernia, Hyper and Hypothyroidism, infectious diseases, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, local inflammation, open wounds, Phlebitis, poison ivy - oak - sumac, Shingles, swollen lymph glands, ulcers, unhealed burns (sunburn if not widespread), Varicose Veins, and warts.
Medical Doctor's Clearance
The following conditions will require a medical doctor's clearance: Acromegaly, Aneurysm, Atherosclerosis, Burns, Cancer, Cerebrovascular accident, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease, Hemophelia, Hodgkin's Disease, Kidney Stones, Leukemia, Myasthenia Gravis, Nephrosis, Peritonitis, Polycystic Kidney Disease, and Uremia.
Absolute contraindications are conditions where you cannot receive a massage. Giving a massage to someone who has an absolute contraindication can result in serious health risks for the client and/or the therapist. Some absolute contraindications can even cause death to the client.
Contraindications for Hot Stone Massage
Acute fever, Acute inflammation, Anyone on medications that have side effects to heat, Burns, Cancer, Cardiac conditions: arrhythmia, Cardiac patients, Epilepsy: increased body temp may trigger a seizure, Extreme dermatitis: eczema, acne, psoriasis, Extreme dilated varicose veins, HIV/AIDS, Liver & kidney disorders or conditions, Lupus Epstein Barr, Mononucleosis, Neuropathy: usually associated with diabetes, Open cuts: wounds, sores, abrasions and bleeding, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Pregnancy, Severe Anorexia, Severe high blood pressure not medically controlled, Shingles/herpes/or acute skin conditions, Skin Cancer, Ulceration and wounds.
If you have any doubt that Hot Stone Massage is safe for you, please check with your doctor before receiving this modality.