Massage: The good, the bad, the better!
Many people are surprised to find that a select few conditions and medications can affect whether they can receive deep tissue massage – or, indeed, receive massage at all. If any of these apply to you, make sure your massage therapist knows!
Active fever or infection. If you are running a fever or have an infection of any sort, wait until you are well and off antibiotics to seek massage.
Taking blood thinners. If you take Coumadin, Warfarin, or any other blood thinners, deep tissue massage is not a good fit for you. Let your massage therapist know so he or she can adjust the pressure accordingly.
Blood clots. If you know or suspect you have a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis, see your doctor and do not get a massage until the condition is resolved.
Having said this, here are a few conditions that can be easily helped through massage. Please let your massage therapist know whether these apply to you, as they can influence certain factors of your massage such as pressure; but in general, massage can provide great benefit and relief.
Diabetes. Massage can help alleviate some of the symptoms of diabetes – for instance, increased circulation can positively affect glucose levels and decrease the effects of neuropathy.
Depression. Massage creates an environment of relaxation and respite that helps calm anxiety and, sometimes, promote clarity. We’ll talk more about the mental health benefits of massage in a few weeks.
High blood pressure. Because of the relaxing nature of massage, clients typically experience a natural, drug-free reduction in blood pressure.
As always, if you ever have questions about these or any other conditions or medications, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be healthy and whole!