Contraindications to Soft tissue therapy

What are Contraindications to Treatment?

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However some conditions do not benefit from treatment and in a small number of conditions it can make it worse.  Contraindications are conditions or situations where it would be advisable to avoid treatment or seek further advice before proceeding.

Total Contraindications

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Very recent operation or acute injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases

Local Contraindications

You should make your therapist aware of any of the following. These are not necessarily contraindicative but your therapist will tailor treatment accordingly.

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including arthritis

Medical Contraindications

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage CAN take place but it is prudent to speak to your doctor before hand to ensure it is appropriate for you.

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above 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.