We love helping our clients stay Active for Life however there are some circumstances where massage therapy is not recommended.
2. Deep bruising, open wounds, rashes and sunburn.
In most of these cases the bruising, wounds or rashes can be worked around. Just be sure to tell your massage therapist about them before your session so they know to avoid tender or open areas. However, sunburn is a bit tougher to work around. If it only affects some parts of the body, therapists can normally work around it. But, if you forgot some SPF at the beach over the weekend it is best to avoid your massage until the tenderness and redness subside.
3. Recent trauma
This point is twofold depending on your injury. Generally most small injuries are contraindicated locally. This means your therapist can still work with you, just not on your ankle that you sprained yesterday. If your injury is more severe, your therapist can help to make a plan with your doctor(s) and guide you to when massage would be the most beneficial for your recovery. If your massage therapist avoids working with an injury, sprain or strain, it is for a good reason!
4. When taking steroids or blood thinners or if you have a history of clotting
Steroids and blood thinners can greatly affect the effectiveness of your massage. These types of medications can cause your immune system to weaken, thin skin and swelling on their own. Adding massage into this can lead to skin damage and bruising. If you have a history of clotting massage may not be for you. If you have a clot forming, massage may cause the clot to move or break and travel to other parts of the body. Always tell your massage therapist about clotting history any new medications you are taking so they can safely and effectively redirect your session to meet your needs at the time.
If you have been drinking or still have alcohol in your system it is best to skip your massage. Alcohol can desensitize you and lead to unreliable feedback on the amount of pressure your therapist may be using. Best to save your session for another day!
If you ever have questions on whether or not massage is a good fit given your situation give us a call so we can help you stay Active for Life!