When NOT To Get a Massage

This blog covers when a massage is contraindicated: meaning it’s inappropriate for the situation and potentially unsafe to the client and the risks of massage outweighs the benefits.

When is a bad time for a massage therapy treatment?

A commonly used term among RMT’s is whether or not a massage is indicated or contraindicated. This blog covers when a massage is contraindicated: meaning it’s inappropriate for the situation and potentially unsafe to the client and the risks of massage outweighs the benefits.

Skin conditions/viruses that are contagious:

  • Shingles
  • Chickenpox
  • Ringworm

Sunburn/Open cuts/Exposed Wounds

If your area of tension or discomfort it burnt from sun damage we recommend canceling your massage appointment until the area has healed. We will be able to treat any area of the body that are not sunburnt.

Broken bones

No work can be performed on the muscles or a broken bone in the body. After you have been cleared by your doctor, you may return for your massage therapy appointments.

Intoxicated-Alcohol/Drugs

If at any time a client is under the influence of drugs or alcohol therapists will not treat and your appointment will be rescheduled. SIDE NOTE: Any products (oils, creams) containing CBD or THC will not be used during your massage appointment, we can not massage nor apply these products to areas of the body.

Uncontrolled Blood Pressure

Due to the increase in blood flow caused by massage therapy techniques, massage is not indicated. If you are on BP medications, massage will be safe but modifications to treatment will be required.

Organ failure

If you are suffering from organ failure massage therapy is not safe for you, specially liver and kidney failure. As massage therapy increases blood flow which adds stress on your organs. Please consult your family doctor to discuss if massage therapy will be safe for you, with a doctors clearance massage therapy MAY be allowed and will very likely be limited with the pressure and techniques will be used during a session.

Stay Safe.

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