When Should I Skip the Massage?

“No”. It’s not a word massage therapists like to use, and yet, there are times when turning down or postponing a massage is best for a client’s well-being. A great massage therapist will always be committed to their clients’ overall health and make their safety a priority.

Conditions or factors that prevent massage treatment are called Contraindications. Contraindications can be “Total”, meaning treatment should be avoided all together, or “Relative”, meaning treatment should be modified. We’ve compiled a list of common contraindications that might cause you to press pause on your massage plans and discuss your condition with your massage therapist.

Total Contraindications

  • Shock
  • Acute stage of stroke or heart attack
  • Immediately following major surgery
  • Severe and undiagnosed internal pain
  • Hemorrhage
  • Advanced Organ Failure
  • Eclampsia
  • Highly metastatic cancers
  • Fever over 100.4 degrees
  • Any Contagious Disease, including Meningitis and infectious skin conditions
  • Under the influence of drug/alcohol or prescription pain medication
  • Aneurysm
  • Blood clots
  • Any condition for which your medical doctor has prohibited massage treatment

Relative Contraindications

  • Open wounds and burns
  • Contusion
  • Epilepsy
  • Bone Fractures
  • Pregnancy
  • Recent head injury
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Patients with compromised immune systems
  • Joint dislocation, hypermobility or instability
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Any condition for which your medial doctor has limited massage treatment

The lists above are not exhaustive, so please discuss all pre-existing conditions with your massage therapist and medical doctor prior to receiving treatment. If you are experiencing a medical problem, our experienced therapists can develop a plan to address your unique needs.