The Palms Massage Studio

Contraindications to Massage Therapy

Does having a contraindication mean that I can not have a massage?

Not always. Massages can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is better if your doctor checks your health first. We, as massage therapists, are not allowed, by law, to diagnose a patient.

Even when a massage is non-invasive, relaxing, natural, and considered a safe treatment for most people, there are three types of contraindications:

Total : (it states that a massage can not be performed by any means),

Local : (when a massage can be performed in all areas except the ones that are contraindicated), and Medical (a massage can be done if your GP authorises it).

Total Contraindications

Please read carefully. If you have any of these conditions please discuss them with your therapist prior to booking an appointment:

* Fever
* Contagious or infectious 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
* Skin diseases


A massage can be performed avoiding particular areas:

* Varicose veins

* Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

* Pregnancy

* Bruising

* Cuts

* Abrasions

* Sunburn

* Undiagnosed pain

* Inflammation


If you are under any of the following conditions, you should get authorisation by your GP:

* Cardio-vascular conditions (e.g., thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)

* Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner or therapist

* Oedema

* Psoriasis or Eczema

* High blood pressure

* Osteoporosis

* Cancer

* Nervous or psychotic conditions

* Heart problems, Angina, those with pacemakers

* Epilepsy

* Diabetes

* Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves

* Gynaecological infections