Contraindications

CONTRAINDICATIONS TO SPORTS & REMEDIAL MASSAGE
 

·         Fever

When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body's natural defenses.

 ·         Acute soft tissue inflammation:

Massage in inflamed conditions, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon), bursitis (inflammation of the bursa) etc. or inflamation caused by injury of tendons, muscles and ligaments is contraindicated because we can cause further damage or pain and it can distract the healing process. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.

·         High blood pressure

High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.

·         Infectious diseases

Massage is not recommended for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria as it can make matters worse, and also therapist is exposed to the virus.

·         Hernia

Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It's not recommended to try to push these organs back inside.

·         Osteoporosis

This condition is specific for elderly people in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense and cause unexpected damages.

·         Varicose veins

Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, very light massage applied to the surrounding areas can be very beneficial.

·         Fractures
 
 A  light massage to the surrounding areas can improve circulation and be quite helpful but massage of areas where fractures occured  can cause further damage, break already existing union and lead to deformation of the limb.
 
·         Skin diseases and open wounds
 
You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn't be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters. Usually these problems are local, so the massage can be performed in other areas.

·         Cancer

Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not. Always check with a doctor first.
 

·         DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

In this condition a blood clot can form inside the vein which can break off during the massage and get to pulmonary system. This can block the lung and lead even to the death.

·         Recent surgery

Massage can distract the healing process and break off blood clot.

·         Myositis ossificans

This is a condition where not it treated for long time a hematoma ossifices and turns to bone. Trying to break it down by massage can cause damage to the surrounding tissue.

·         Pregnancy

Massage is contraindicated only in the first trimester of pregnancy as the baby is not stable yet and massage can have unexpected effects.

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