- Karen Stoner, LMT
20 Tips for (the rest of) 2020 #5
Even though massage has lots of great benefits, there are a few times when it isn't a great idea. When you are sick, have an early stage of an injury, or have some medical issue going on, massage can actually make things worse. If you are ill, your body is already overworking itself to get better, so massage can put added strain on your system. If you have an injury, you may need to heal up a bit before massage can help. There are also a few medical conditions which are contraindications for massage - meaning massage could aggravate the condition or make something else worse. Some contraindications include: fevers, certain cancers, uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clots or DVT, or others. If you have a question as to wether you should get a massage, always ask your doctor or therapist. Chances are, rescheduling may the best and safest option for everyone.