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​​Contra-indications To Massage​

Massage is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore considered​ a safe treatment for most people. However there are three types of contra-indications.

Total: When massage should not be performed at all.

Local: When massage can be performed but not over the contra-indicated area.

Medical: When massage can only be performed after medical permission has been granted.

The following restrictions are in place to protect your health and well-being. Thank you for taking the seriously as I do.

Total Contra-indications

When you have any of these conditions please do not book a massage.

* Fever.

* Contagious or infectious diseases (including cold or flu).

* Under the influence of alcohol or drugs including prescription pain medication.

* Recent operations or acute injuries.

* Neuritis.

* Any infectious skin disease or disorder.

Local Contra-indications

* Varicose veins.

* Undiagnosed lumps or bumps.

* Pregnancy.

* Bruising.

* Cuts or abrasions.

* Inflammation, including arthritis.

* Undiagnosed pain.

Medical Contra-indications

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your massage in writing by your G.P.

* Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions).

* Any condition already being treated by your G.P.

* Oedema.

* Psoriasis or eczema.

* High blood pressure.

* Cancer.

* Nervous or psychotic conditions.

* Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers.


* Any Nerve Damage


*Lack of sensason or feeling in areas of the body

* Epilepsy.

* Diabetes.

* Bells palsy, trapped or pinched nerve.

* Gynaecological infections.

Does a contra-indication mean that massage can not take place?

Not always. In fact massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However in the above cases it is best to have advice from your G.P. Massage therapist, unless they are qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

Tracey Crowley
Massage Therapist

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