Massage therapy has been shown to have few serious risks provided it is performed by a properly trained therapist and appropriate cautions are followed.
Say NO to Massage all together if the following are present and until they are resolved:
- significant fever
- severe unstable hypertension
- systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold and flu
- acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention
- blood clots
Avoid massage on the affected area for the following conditions:
- Acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
- local contagious or irritable skin conditions
- open sores or wounds
- recent surgery
- recent burn
General cautions for massage include:
- Although massage therapy appears to be generally safe for cancer patients, they should consult their oncologist before having a massage that involves deep or intense pressure. Any direct pressure over a tumor is discouraged. Cancer patients should discuss any concerns about massage therapy with their oncologist.
- Massage should not be done in any area of the body with blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections, weakened bones or area of a recent surgery.
- Vigorous massage should be avoided by people with bleeding disorders, low blood platelet counts and if taking blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin, or Coumadin.
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