Not Feeling Well?

When you are feeling sick, please reschedule your appointment for when you are feeling better. As a general rule, if you are contagious, reschedule for another day.

Assuming you are healthy enough to do moderate exercise, massage is most likely safe. If you are still unsure about coming in after reading this then give me a call. Below are a list of contraindications for massage. (Contraindication Definition: a reason that makes it inadvisable to prescribe a particular drug or employ a particular procedure or treatment.)

 

Short List
Fever
Infection: Bladder infection, Sinus infection, Ear infection, Flu, etc.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure
Congestive Heart Failure
Heart Condition- ok if not restricted from exercise
Infectious disease
Bleeding disorders- hemophilia
Shingles
Blood clots
Recent operations or acute injuries

Long List
Conditions That Require Physician Clearance Physician’s Permission Form-PDF
Acromegaly
Aneurysm
Atherosclerosis
Burns
Cancer
Cerebrovascular accident
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Congestive heart failure
Coronary artery disease
Hemophilia
Hodgkin’s disease
Kidney stones
Leukemia
Myasthenia Gravis
Nephrosis
Peritonitis
Polycyctic kidney disease
Uremia

Conditions With Absolute Contraindications
Appendicitis
Autoimmune disease or acute inflammatory processes during exacerbation period (or flare-up)
Cardiac arrest
Chickenpox
Cholecystitis (during flare-up)
Cirrhosis of the liver (if due to viral agent)
Contact dermatitis (if widespread area is involved)
Diarrhea (if due to infection)
Embolism
Encephalitis
Fever
Gallstones (if during a gallbladder attack)
German measles
Gout (during acute phase)
Hemorrhage
Hepatitis (during acute phase)
Hives (during acute phase)
Hypertension (if not controlled by diet, exercise and/or medication)
Infectious diseases (many are contained in this list)
Influenza
Intestinal obstruction
Jaundice
Laryngitis (if caused by infectious agent)
Lice
Lupus (during a flare-up)
Measles
Meningitis
Mononucleosis
Multiple sclerosis (during flare-up)
Mumps
Pancreatitis (if acute pancreatitis)
Pericarditis
Pharyngitis (if due to infection)
Pleurisy (if caused by infectious agent)
Pneumonia (during acute phase)
Preeclampsia
Psychiatric diagnoses of manic depressive psychosis, schizophrenic psychosis and paranoid conditions
Pulmonary embolism
Pyelonephritis
Rabies
Recent injury (wait 72 hours or until medical clearance is given)
Recent surgery (until medical clearance is given)
Respiratory distress syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis (during flare-up)
Ringworm
Scabies
Scarlet fever
Scleroderma (during flare-up)
Severe, acute pain
Sickle cell disease (during flare-up)
Tonsillitis
Tuberculosis

Conditions With Local Contraindications
Abdominal diastasis (avoid abdomen)
Abnormal lumps (avoid area)
Acne vulgaris (avoid infected area)
Athlete’s foot (avoid infected area)
Blister (avoid area)
Bruise (avoid bruised area if less than 72 hours old)
Carpal tunnel syndrome (avoid inflamed area)
Colitis (avoid abdomen)
Cretinism (avoid throat area)
Crohn’s disease (avoid abdomen)
Cystitis (avoid abdomen)
Decubitus ulcers (avoid ulcerated area)
Diverticular diseases (avoid abdomen)
Folliculitis (avoid infected area)
Foreign objects embedded in the skin such as glass, pencil lead, and metal (avoid area)
Furuncle/carbuncle (avoid infected area)
Goiter (avoid throat area)
Gouty arthritis (avoid infected area)
Graves’ disease (avoid throat region and any enlarged lymph nodes)
Hernia such as hiatal, femoral, inguinal, and umbilical (avoid herniated area)
Herpes simplex (avoid infected area)
Hyperthyroidism (avoid throat area)
Hypothryoidism (avoid throat area)
Irritable bowel syndrome (avoid abdomen)
Local inflammation (avoid inflamed area)
Onychomycosis (avoid infected area)
Open wounds (avoid wounded area)
Paronychia (avoid infected area)
Phlebitis (lightly over affected area)
Polyps (avoid abdomen)
Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac (unless affected area is widespread, in which case this is an absolute contraindication)
Seborrhea keratosis (avoid infected area)
Shingles (avoid infected area)
Spina bifida (avoid lumbosacral area)
Swollen lymph glands (avoid swollen area)
Thrombophlebitis (lightly over affected area; avoid inner thigh region)
Ulcers (avoid abdomen)
Unhealed burns and abrasions (avoid injured area)
Urinary incontinence (avoid abdomen)
Urinary tract infection (avoid abdomen)- sometimes okay if on antibiotics for at least 5 days
Varicose veins (lightly over affected area)
Wart (avoid infected area)

Nicole Glesinger, LMT