Massage therapists use their hands to manipulate the muscles and joints in the body of their clients. This is used to relieve tension or pain and to achieve a form of relaxation. In most cases, a massage is good for you. However, there are people with certain illnesses, injuries or other conditions who should not have a massage.
✙ Blood Clots ✙
If a doctor has ever told you that you have any sort of condition that makes you susceptible to blood clots, then you should avoid massage. A vigorous massage could potentially dislodge a blood clot, which would allow it to travel to your heart or brain in a potentially fatal event.
✙ Fever ✙
Running a fever is your body’s way of trying to protect you by removing something that has entered your body that is not welcome and could make you sick. When you get a massage, it will increase your circulation and could keep the fever from accomplishing its mission.
✙ Osteoporosis ✙
This condition causes your bones to become fragile, brittle and porous. A too vigorous massage could actually break your bones.
✙ Cancer ✙
Many cancers use your lymphatic system to spread. Since a massage will increase your lymphatic circulation, it could actually help the disease to spread faster and further.
✙ Hernia ✙
When you have a protrusion of an organ through your muscular wall, you have a herniated condition. A massage could potentially result in pushing the organ back in and could cause more damage to your body. Once your hernia is corrected by surgery and you have completely healed, it will be safe for you to have a massage.
✙ Claustrophobia ✙
Many people who suffer from severe claustrophobia do not do well with the massage experience. Being confined in one spot with someone hovering over you may lead to a severe anxiety attack.
✙ Varicose Veins ✙
Nobody likes having varicose veins, and having a massage directly on those veins can make the appearance even worse. You can still enjoy a massage, but be sure your massage therapist knows to work around any varicose veins.
These are just a few of the reasons that you should not get a massage. If you feel you might have any sort of problem that a massage may interfere with or aggravate, you should check with a certified massage therapy center and your doctor before you schedule a massage. Both should be able to tell you if it is safe for you to have a massage.