When Not to Get a Massage
A massage is almost always a good idea—almost. But there are a few extenuating circumstances when it is a good idea to pass on the massage and wait a while before you schedule your next one. It is important to know which situations and medical conditions contraindicate massage therapy so that you do not unintentionally derail your healing process.
Although a massage might sound relaxing while your body is hard at work battling a virus or an infection, the massage therapy techniques can actually stimulate whatever is making you sick, and make it easier to work throughout your body and spread deeper. Not only can you spread the virus in your own body, but there is a risk of transmission of the virus to either your massage therapist or another client. The same goes for those with infectious skin conditions or any open wounds. When it comes to infectious diseases, viruses and flu, it is best to stay at home until you are fully healed and no longer contagious.
Under the Influence
Once again, getting a massage after a few drinks may sound like a great idea, but massage therapy techniques will also have an enhancing effect on the influence of alcohol in your system. Going to brunch and knocking back a few mimosas before your massage appointment is not recommended, and may even make you feel ill.
Automobile Accidents or Acute Injuries
Depending on the severity of the accident, car wrecks and acute injuries can be a time to hold off on getting a massage. If any muscles were damaged, massage therapy can actually hinder the body’s healing activities. It is important to consult with your doctor after an automobile accident or an acute injury to see when he or she thinks you may resume massage therapy. This also applies to surgery, as massage can sometimes be an excellent aid to surgery recovery, but can sometimes hinder it, depending on the surgery.
Certain Medicines or Medical Conditions
If you are taking prescription blood thinners, blood pressure medication, topical hormone or antibiotic creams, insulin shots, or muscle relaxers, consult with your doctor before scheduling your massage. These medications do not mean that you should never have a massage, but it is important to know if massage therapy will alter the influence of your medication. And at times such as these, it could be important to obtain a note from your doctor to help your massage therapist give you the proper care.
If you have any questions about whether massage therapy is right for you at this moment, in light of the preceding information, be sure to speak with your doctor! Our licensed massage therapists will also be able to walk through your medical history with you and help you identify any areas that may need clarification or a doctor’s direction. Give us a call today at (615) 771-0003 for more information.