Contraindications to Massage Treatment

What are the Contraindications to Massage Treatment?

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. A contraindication is something that massage may interact with negatively, for example a fever or severe pain.

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 it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

All types of Thai Massage is a complementary therapy and is not meant to substitute any treatment or advice from your Medical Advisor or Physician.

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Total or Absolute Contraindications

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever
    Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
    Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
    Recent operations or acute injuries
    Skin diseases
    Kidney disease

Local Contraindications

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

  • Varicose veins
    Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
    Undiagnosed pain
    Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical Contraindications

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
    Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
    Psoriasis or eczema
    High blood pressure
    Nervous or psychotic conditions
    Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
    Bell's palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
    Gynecological infections