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1317 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732


             & Wellness Center

Massage Contraindications

Massage therapy is generally safe and can be applied to a wide range of individuals at any age. Even so, there are certain conditions that are contraindicated. If you suffer from certain illness and diseases, massage therapy may worsen the condition. If you have localized problems, the therapist will avoid the area. If you suspect that massage might be contraindicated, be sure to talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist.

Conditions That Require Physician Clearance

  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Leukemia
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Nephrosis
  • Peritonitis
  • Polycyctic kidney disease

Conditions With Local Contraindications

  • Abdominal diastasis (avoid abdomen)
  • Abnormal lumps (avoid area)
  • Acne vulgaris (avoid infected area)
  • Athlete's foot (avoid infected area)
  • Blister (avoid area)
  • Bruise (avoid bruised area if less than 72 hours old)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (avoid inflamed area)
  • Colitis (avoid abdomen)
  • Cretinism (avoid throat area)
  • Crohn's disease (avoid abdomen)
  • Cystitis (avoid abdomen)
  • Decubitus ulcers (avoid ulcerated area)
  • Diverticular diseases (avoid abdomen)
  • Folliculitis (avoid infected area)
  • Foreign objects embedded in the skin such as glass, pencil lead, and metal (avoid area)
  • Furuncle/carbuncle (avoid infected area)
  • Goiter (avoid throat area)
  • Gouty arthritis (avoid infected area)
  • Graves' disease (avoid throat region and any enlarged lymph nodes)
  • Hernia such as hiatal, femoral, inguinal, and umbilical (avoid herniated area)
  • Herpes simplex (avoid infected area)
  • Hyperthyroidism (avoid throat area)
  • Hypothryoidism (avoid throat area)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (avoid abdomen)
  • Local inflammation (avoid inflamed area)
  • Onychomycosis (avoid infected area)
  • Open wounds (avoid wounded area)
  • Paronychia (avoid infected area)
  • Phlebitis (lightly over affected area)
  • Polyps (avoid abdomen)
  • Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac (unless affected area is widespread, in which case this is an absolute contraindication)
  • Seborrhea keratosis (avoid infected area)
  • Shingles (avoid infected area)
  • Spina bifida (avoid lumbosacral area)
  • Swollen lymph glands (avoid swollen area)
  • Thrombophlebitis (lightly over affected area; avoid inner thigh region)
  • Ulcers (avoid abdomen)
  • Unhealed burns and abrasions (avoid injured area)
  • Urinary incontinence (avoid abdomen)
  • Urinary tract infection (avoid abdomen)
  • Varicose veins (lightly over affected area)
  • Wart (avoid infected area)

Conditions With Absolute Contraindications

  • Appendicitis
  • Autoimmune disease or acute inflammatory processes during exacerbation period (or flare-up)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Chickenpox
  • Cholecystitis (during flare-up)
  • Cirrhosis of the liver (if due to viral agent)
  • Contact dermatitis (if widespread area is involved)
  • Diarrhea (if due to infection)
  • Embolism
  • Encephalitis
  • Fever
  • Gallstones (if during a gallbladder attack)
  • German measles
  • Gout (during acute phase)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Hepatitis (during acute phase)
  • Hives (during acute phase)
  • Hypertension (if not controlled by diet, exercise and/or medication)
  • Infectious diseases (many are contained in this list)
  • Influenza
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Jaundice
  • Laryngitis (if caused by infectious agent)
  • Lice
  • Lupus (during a flare-up)
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Migraine headache (during the migraine headache episode)
  • Mononucleosis
  • Multiple sclerosis (during flare-up)
  • Mumps
  • Pancreatitis (if acute pancreatitis)
  • Pericarditis
  • Pharyngitis (if due to infection)
  • Pleurisy (if caused by infectious agent)
  • Pneumonia (during acute phase)
  • Preeclampsia
  • Psychiatric diagnoses of manic depressive psychosis, schizophrenic psychosis and paranoid conditions
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Rabies
  • Recent injury (wait 72 hours or until medical clearance is given)
  • Recent surgery (until medical clearance is given)
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (during flare-up)
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Scarlet fever
  • Scleroderma (during flare-up)
  • Severe, acute pain
  • Sickle cell disease (during flare-up)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tuberculosis