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CONTRAINDICATIONS TO MASSAGE AND SPECIFIC CONTRAINDICATIONS TO HOT STONE MASSAGE

Posted on 2 October, 2015 at 23:30

What are the contraindications to massage?

Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindications: TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all; LOCAL, when massage can be performed, but not over the contraindicated areas; and MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

Total Contraindications:

When you have any of these conditions, the therapist should not massage:

 

* Fever

* Contagious or infectious diseases

* Under the influence of drugs or alcohol

* Recent operations

* Neuritis

* Skin diseases

Local Contreindications:

The therapist can massage, but not over any areas affected by:

 

* Varicose veins

* Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

* Pregnancy (only qualified massage therapist)

* Bruising

* Cuts

* Abrasions

* Sunburn/Windburn

* Undiagnosed pain

* Inflammation

Medical Contraindications:

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved by a Physician.

 

* Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)

* Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner

* Oedema

* Psoriasis or eczema

* High blood pressure

* Osteoporosis

* Cancer

* Nervous or psychotic conditions

* Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers

* Epilepsy

* Diabetes

* Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves

* Gynecological infections

Specific Contraindications to Hot Stone Massage:

Hot stone massage is not suitable for everyone. Please review the list of contraindications below. If any of these conditions apply to you, then you should not receive hot stone massage.

 

*Blood clots / prone to blood clots

*Bruise easily

*Cancer, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments

*Depressed immune system (lupus, HIV/AIDS, cancer, Epstein Barr, mononucleosis, etc.)

*Diabetes

*Fever

*Heart problems

*Heat Sensitivity

*High Blood Pressure

*Inflamed Skin Conditions

*Nerve Trauma

*Neuropathy

*Open wounds or sores

*Peripheral vascular disorder

*Pregnancy

During pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is increased which lengthens and softens the tissue of the body and prepares it for birth. The increased heat from the stones and the deep tissue work can further lengthen these tissues making it problematic for after birth when the tissues are trying to shorten.

*Recent Surgery

*Taking medications that have side effects to heat

(Please check with your pharmacist if you are not certain.)

*Varicose veins

*If you have any doubt that hot stone massage is safe for you, please check with your doctor before receiving this modality.

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases and whenever you or your therapist are unsure whether it is safe to proceed, it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, should not attempt to diagnose a condition.

Care should be taken with the following conditions:

• Stroke or heart conditions (written medical permission)

• Multiple Sclerosis (written medical permission)

• Hyper mobile joints and joint replacements (written medical permission)

• Pacemaker (written medical permission)

• Low blood pressure

• Metal implants (written medical permission)

• Epilepsy (written medical permission)

• Diabetic (written medical permission)

• Heart disease (written medical permission)

• Blood clots (written medical permission)

• Heat sensitivity

• Respiratory problems

• Peripheral vascular disorder

• Neuropathy, which is numbness and tingling of the peripherals (written medical permission).

 

Categories: CAUTIONS AND CONTRA INDICATIONS

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