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 certain 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

A general contraindication is permanent - it occurs in all serious, acute, active, unstabilised, untreated and untreated conditions or diseases.

If you have any of these symptoms or are already in any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever
  • Contagious illnesses, including the common cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including medications prescribed for pain
  • Recent surgeries or acute injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Skin disease
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Kidney or gallbladder disease

Local contraindications

The therapist may massage, but not over the affected area:

  • in areas of inflamed joints, tendons or soft tissues (acute rheumatism, decompensated arthritis, acute gout attack)
  • at the site of implanted joints
  • at the site of extensive contusions (bruising), fractures, sprains or sprains
  • open, cut, unhealed and bleeding wounds
  • at the site of burns, scalds, burns or other damage to the skin, including fresh tattoos
  • in areas of skin diseases (atopic eczema, dermatitis, rash, urticaria, psoriasis, pigmented nevi, birthmarks, warts, untreated scars)
  • in areas of inflamed, purulent, fungal or ulcerative affections (mycoses, yeasts, fungi)
  • animal bites or snake bites
  • sites of enlarged local nodules and swellings of unclear origin
  • sites of varicose veins (varix), venous inflammation or tibial ulcers
  • in the lumbar region in kidney disease
  • in the abdomen in gall bladder disease
  • in the abdomen in cases of severe constipation or diarrhoea
  • in the abdomen in the case of an empty bladder
  • in the abdomen, loins, lower back and pelvis of pregnant women, women in their sixth trimester and women during menstruation (PMS)
  • in the chest area when a pacemaker is implanted (artificial heart)
  • in the breast area when silicone fillers are implanted
  • in the whole breast area in women and on the nipples in men
  • in and around the genital area
  • immediately after sports performance
  • in case of allergies (massage oils and herbal mixtures - e.g. in herbal poultices - must not contain substances that are allergens for the client that could trigger unwanted allergic reactions).

Medical Contraindications

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massages can only take place with your doctor's written approval.

  • Cardiovascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, cardiac conditions)
  • All health problems already treated by the attending physician
  • Edema formation
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancers
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes-sugar
  • Pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infection