Ask Your Doctor
With certain health conditions, it could be dangerous to be on the receiving end of a massage.
With certain health conditions, it could be dangerous to be on the receiving end of a massage. People with the following symptoms or illnesses should contact their doctors first.
Blood vessel diseases: If you have a blood clot, the massage could cause the clot to move, and if it moves into your lungs, it can kill you.
Cardiovascular diseases: People suffering from these diseases may have swollen blood vessels, blood clots, or heart disease.
Certain forms of cancer.
If you have skin conditions such as burns, cuts, cold sores, bruises, sores, herpes, open cuts, and swollen areas, you should not have a massage in one of these areas. Severe back pain could mean you have a problem that could be exacerbated with massage, so ask your doctor first. People with high fevers or chills should not get a massage, since it may be the sign of a serious illness. Massaging the feet, lower legs, and abdomen during the first three months of pregnancy could cause miscarriage. There are massage therapists who specialise in pregnancy massage, but always ask your doctor first.
People with a mild stage of osteoporosis could benefit from massage if permitted by their doctors, but not anyone with severe osteoporosis.