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 When should I not get a massage?

 

If you have a chronic medical condition, check with your doctor before proceeding on a course of massage therapy. The following medical conditions are reason to consult with a doctor before a massage:

 

·         Fever conditions

·         Any type of infectious disease

·         Systemic infections

·         Severe cold

·         Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury

·         Liver and kidney diseases

·         Blood clot

·         Pregnancy-induced diabetes, toxemia, preeclampsia/eclampsia

·         High blood pressure (unless under control with medication)

·         Heart disease

·         Cancer 

·         Open skin lesions or sores (therapist may work around them if localized)

 

Basically, you don't want the massage to make an underlying medical condition worse nor do you want to pass anything contagious. Call me before your appointment if you're unsure about whether a minor condition should prohibit you from getting a massage.

 

At your initial visit, you will be asked to fill out a client intake form. It provides me with your name, address, phone number, and any underlying medical conditions. For instance, you should also list any allergies you may have with massage oils that I will use. Please keep me informed if there are changes to your health during subsequent appointments that could affect the massage session. Please be sure to volunteer that information if you're not asked.

 

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