First and foremost rule in providing massage therapy : “Do no harm!”
When we define massage as a form of touch that is applied in a therapeutic manner, then it is true that massage of some form is beneficial to nearly everyone. However, there are situations where particular manipulations and techniques may not only be uncomfortable for the client but also could beÂ dangerous.
Often during an interview or during the course of the first massage, conditions that the client may not be aware of become apparent that are contraindicated and should be refereed to the attention of a physician. Â In massage, contraindicationÂ means that conditions may exist in which it would not be beneficial to apply massage to a part or all of the body.I know it is the last thing you want to hear from a massage therapist while laying on massage table, expecting to just relax and finally get that pain worked our of your body. To prevent this from happening we recommend that youÂ get clearance from physician before starting massage therapy sessions.
While massage therapy has been credited with being a benefitÂ in helping patients Â recover from various illnesses and injuries, in case of some acute injuries or chronic diseases, the client’s physician must be consulted before massage treatments are given.Â Some of the conditions that might require physician’s recommendations in writing are :
- inflammation from bacterial infestation
- varicose veins
- phlebitis, thrombophlebitis
- post-surgical conditions
- acute injury
- pitting edema
- high blood pressure
- chronic fatigue
- chronic asthma
- heart disease
- lung diseaseÂ
- skin problems of contagious nature
Â Once all contraindications are ruled out,Â don’t put relaxation, reduced stress and pain-relief off any longer. Schedule today and allow us to share the countless benefits of safe, relaxing therapeutic massage.