Contraindications

If you have had a soft tissue injury and it is still in its acute phase (first 24 hours) massage therapy will be withheld as the action applied would be counterproductive, it is therefore recommended that during this period the R.I.C.E. regimen should be adopted to promote recovery.

Additionally if you are suffering from haemophilia, any communicable diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, chicken pox or have any severe widespread skin complaints such as psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis, massage therapy will be postponed.

Not all conditions are absolutely contraindicated. Diabetes mellitus, a history of, thrombosis tumours, post operative or post natal, heart conditions or significant blood pressure variations and serious localised skin complaints just require the approval of your family GP.

There are times when sports massage could be detrimental rather than beneficial to you. The contraindications to massage are:

  • A body temperature over 100°F, or feeling unwell

  • Acute trauma and inflammation - Open wounds, heat and swelling, recent bruising, muscle tears, sprained ligaments, contusions, chilblains, burns

  • Tumours - Where there is swelling, which is inconsistent with recent bruising

  • Diseased blood vessels - Varicose veins, phlebitis, thrombosis

  • Cancer

  • Melanoma

  • Haemophilia

  • Infectious skin disease - Bacterial infection, Lymphangitis, Fungal infection, Viral infections and Herpes

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