Possible contraindications to massage therapies 

Contraindications can be divided as such:

A) Total contraindications: A situation when massages cannot be applied at all.

B) Local contraindications: A situation when certain parts of the body cannot be massaged to avoid spreading of certain infections or to prevent a possible injury.

C) Medical contraindications: A situation when medical approval/permission is needed from the healthcare provider. In many cases doctors recommend massages as a therapeutic treatment but with the usage of different techniques.

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Total Contraindications
Local Contraindications
Medical Contraindications
  • Skin Disease (infected wounds, severe eczema, open psoriasis)
  • Fever
  • Epilepsy
  • Flu
  • Bleeding Disporder
  • Leukemia
  • Hepatitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Advanced Kidney Failure
  • Fresh Traumatic Injuries
  • Infections (Urinary, TBC)
  • Any Undiagnosed Conditions
  • Skin Disease (infectious conditions, acne, herpes)
  • Bruises, Burns
  • Inflamation
  • Broken Bones, Fractures, Skeletal Injuries
  • Contusions

  • Strong Medications
  • Shock
  • Severe Pain
  • Thrombosis

***** Additional
PreNatal Massage Contraindications:

  • Concerns / Risks of Miscarriage
  • Bed Rest
  • Asthmatic Mother
  • Poor Circulation
  • Pitted Edema
  • Hypertensive Disorders(Pre-Eclampsia / Eclampsia)
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Possibility of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Previous Pregnancy Problems

Heated Stones Contraindications:

  • Blood Clots / Prone to clotting
  • Bruise easily
  • Undergoing Cancer Chemotherapy or radiation
  • Depressed immune system (Lupus, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, ECT)
  • Fever
  • Heart Problems
  • Heat Sensitivities
  • Inflamed Skin Trama
  • Neuropathy
  • Open Wounds / Sores
  • Pregnancy
  • Recent Surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Disorder