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515 Kimbark St
Longmont, CO, 80501
United States

Contraindications

Massage is generally regarded as a safe treatment with a myriad of benefits.  However, there are some situations when massage may need to be put on hold, or approved by a physician, or simply modified to be more comfortable.  The following is a list of ailments and the category under which they fall.  I am aware that not everyone’s symptoms or diagnosis are clear cut, but if you identify with any contraindications below, discuss it with your therapist.  Together you will be able to determine the best, safest way to move forward and get the most out of an amazing massage!

General/Absolute Contraindications:

Massage therapy is not appropriate for the following:

 

  • Acute Conditions requiring medical attention such as: Anaphylaxis, Appendicitis, Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), Diabetic Coma, Epileptic Seizure,  Insulin Shock, Myocardial Infarction (MI),  Sever Asthmatic Attack
  • Acute Pneumonia
  • Advanced Kidney, Respiratory or Liver failure
  • Atherosclerosis- Severe
  • Eclampsia
  • Diabetes with Complications such as: Advanced Heart or Kidney Disease, High or Unstable Blood Pressure
  • Fever
  • Gangrene
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hypertension- Severe or Unstable
  • Post CVA or post MI where the condition is not yet stable
  • Shock
  • Some Highly Metastatic Cancers not diagnosed terminal
  • Systemic Contagious or Infectious condition

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS:

May require medical consultation and treatment modification.

 

  • Abdominal  Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Congestive Heart Failure, Kidney Disease
  • Diagnosed Atherosclerosis
  • Drug Withdrawal
  • Emphysema
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypertension
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Medications that Modify: Personality
  • Medications that Modify:  Sensation, Muscle Tone, Reflex Reactions, Cardiovascular Function, Kidney/Liver Function
  • Moderate to Sever Diabetes or Juvenile Onset Diabetes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy and Labor
  • Post CVI or Post MI
  • Recent Head Injury
  • Spasticity or Rigidity

LOCAL CONTRAINDICATIONS:

MASSAGE THERAPY IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

 

  • Acute flare-up of Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Acute Neuritis
  • Frostbite
  • Local Contagious Condition
  • Local Irritable Skin Condition
  • Malignancy
  • Open Wound or Sore
  • Recent burn
  • Sepsis
  • 24 to 48 hours post Any Anti-Inflammatory Injection
  • Undiagnosed Lump

LOCAL PRECAUTIONS:

TREATMENT MODIFICATION.

 

  • Acute Disc Herniation
  • Acute Inflammatory Condition
  • Chronic arthritic condition
  • Chronic Abdominal or Digestive Disease
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Contusion
  • Endometriosis
  • Flaccid paralysis or paresis
  • Fracture while casted and post cast removal
  • Hernia
  • Injection Site
  • Joint Instability or Hypermobility
  • Minor surgery
  • Pitting edema
  • Recently Removed Cast

Hot/Cold/Contrast Stone Therapy:

 

  • Acute inflammatory conditions – i.e. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Active Bleeding
  • Blood clots / prone to blood clots – i.e. Deep Vein Thrombosis, Thrombophlebitis
  • Circulatory Disorders- i.e. High Blood Pressure,  Peripheral vascular disorder 
  • Current Cancer, and recent cancer treatments
  • Depressed Immune System- i.e. Epstein Barr, Mononucleosis, Lupus, HIV/AIDS
  • Diabetes 
  • Fever
  • Heart problems- i.e.  Arrhythmias, Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heat/Cold Sensitivity 
  • Inflamed Skin Conditions-i.e. Psoriasis, Hives, Shingles
  • Medications that have side effects to heat 
  • Nerve Trauma / Neuropathy 
  • Open wounds or sores
  • Pregnancy 
  • Recent Surgery
  • Varicose veins