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When is massage contraindicated?

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There are specific medical conditions where you should not get a massage. See the list below:

  • Pregnancy (no massage during 1st trimester), induced diabetes, toxemia, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
  • Fever
  • Any type of infectious disease
  • Systemic (whole body) infections
  • Severe cold
  • Fracture, bleeding, burns, or other acute injury
  • Liver and kidney diseases
  • Blood clot
  • High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)
  • Heart disease
  • Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)

This is why the therapist completes a thorough assessment and why you should always update your therapist with any health changes. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly recommended that you obtain approval from your doctor prior to any massage session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

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