If you have had a massage lately, you might remember filling out a group of papers before your massage session. There is nothing relaxing or therapeutic to filling out a group of papers similar to the ones you fill out at a doctor office. You probably thought you were just getting a rub down to relax. So, what is the deal?
There have been many studies over the course of time since massage therapy started getting introduced to the United States in the early 1900’s. One of those many studies showed the effectiveness massage can have on the body in positive forms. But, did you know the negative effects massage can have if you don’t fill out the necessary paperwork?
So, what health conditions should you be wary of when getting a massage? While I can’t possibly list every condition to watch out for, these are some of the common conditions in which pressure might need to be changed, massage should not be allowed at all, or massage only with caution. In some cases, techniques or meds will affect how the body will react. If your therapist doesn’t have you fill out any papers, run for the hills!
Osteoporosis, blood clots, medications that affect the nervous system including anti – inflammatory drugs, contagious conditions, high blood pressure, some skin conditions, open wounds, fevers, some pregnancy conditions, varicose veins, and acute injuries not seen by an MD or trained professional.
Please note that during trimester 1 of pregnancy, massage is okay. Some therapists are not trained in prenatal massage, so they are not comfortable and should send you to a trained therapist, but as long as your doctor is okay with it, then it is acceptable to have a what is called a prenatal massage session.