Monday, 4 February 2013

When NOT to massage

There are a lot of people that believe that they can offer a massage just because they are good in that. OK maybe this is the first step to start a massage business... but lets get serious. Offering a massage is not that innocent as it may sounds.

There are serious complications that may occur when someone is getting a massage and a professional therapist should be aware of them.

I would suggest to anyone that is interested in learning a few things in massage to buy a book that suggests some evidence based practices and is published by a well known publication company.

One of the books that we went through in our education at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam is the "Evidence-Based Therapeutic Massage, a practical guide for therapists", by Elizabeth Holey and Eileen Cook, published by Churchill Livingstone.

However, if you need a for-dummies-guideline you can visit this webpage.

Very quickly, never offer a massage in the following cases:

1. open wound
2. inadequate circulation, thrombophlebitis, haemophilia
3. haemorrhage
4. early stages of healing
5. active infection
6. fever
7. acute inflammation
8. over-active bone growth (healing fracture, periostitis, Osgood-Schlatter disease)
10. undiagnosed cancer
11. increased blood or lymphatic circulation
12. osteoporosis
13. hernia
14. HIV infection

Always ask a Physicians advice/prescription in case you have any doubts.

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