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When Should I Not Have a Massage?

woman smiling during a massageGetting a massage feels wonderful and has many associated health benefits. You may wonder if anyone can get massage therapy. Fortunately, most people can, but there are some contraindications to be aware of:

Viral Infection

If someone is fighting a viral infection, or if they have an inflamed joint where they have a fever, or they have swelling or redness on their skin, that means they have active inflammation happening in the body. Because massage is so powerful at spreading lymphatic fluid and blood around the body, you want to avoid getting massage if you have an infection.

COVID Symptoms

We’re also, of course, concerned with keeping COVID safety protocols in place these days. So if you develop signs and symptoms of COVID, such as a sore throat, chronic cough or fever, we would ask you to reschedule your appointment later, not only for your safety, but also for the safety of the people around you.

Other Conditions

You should also avoid a massage if you have any of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Bruising
  • An open wound
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Skin infection
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
Also, as massage is particularly risky in the first three months of pregnancy, if you are in the first trimester you should avoid getting a massage.

Not Sure If You Should Come in?

If you’re wondering if it’s safe to get a massage, give our practice a ring. We have a whole protocol of yes and no questions that we will ask you to determine whether it’s safe for you to get a massage. You can also read more about what to expect from massage here, or learn more about the different types of massage we offer here.

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