10 most common Contraindications to massage

What is a contraindication and why is it essential practice to gain knowledge of a clients medical history prior to treatment?

A contra indication is a medical term meaning to with hold a treatment as proceeding with the therapy may cause unnecessary harm if the client is affected by one of these conditions.Massage has many benefits including increasing the circulation and releasing discomfort from tight and aching muscles however in some situations such as the conditions listed below massage can do a lot more harm then good. Due to this it is essential that you do not with hold important information from the therapist during the consultation as it can be detrimental to your health.

It is normal practice for all professional therapists to take a consultation the first time you meet a new client. It is essential in order to practice safely not only for ourselves but also the client that a medical history of the clients health is obtained and contra indications discussed and if appropriate cautions followed. Massage has many benefits including increasing the circulation and releasing discomfort from tight and aching muscles however strict guide lines must be followed in order to ensure the clients well being prior to treatment. There are many contra indications to massage the most common ones are listed below but if in doubt a drs note should always be obtained.

Infectious skin conditions

Oedema

Broken bones

Under the influence of drugs or Alcohol

Pregnancy (after first trimester only then proceed but with caution)

Osteoporosis 

Varicose veins

Recent surgery

Open wounds or sores

Fever


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