Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, some cases it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.
When in doubt, DON’T. If you suffer from a particular illness and are unsure if it safe for you to receive massage therapy, please check with your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
There may be other conditions not mentioned in this list which are contraindicattions for massage therapy.
Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
Recent operations or acute injuries
Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
Inflammation, including arthritis
Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
High blood pressure
Nervous or psychotic conditions
Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves