Anti-Aging and Hormone Replacement

Contraindications to Massage Treatment

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. Massage treatments are generally considered a safe treatment for most people.  For certain medical conditions, massage therapy is contraindicated, which means you should not receive the treatment.

Refresh Medical Spa has put certain restrictions in place to protect our clients health and well-being.  Thank you for taking the time to read about these restrictions and for taking them seriously.

There are three types of  contraindications for massage therapy, outlined below:

Total Contraindications

For certain medical conditions massage therapy is generally contraindicated, or should be avoided at the time.   When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

  • Fever
  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
  • If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
  • Recent surgery or acute injuries
  • Neuritis
  • Skin diseases

Local Contraindications

For certain medical conditions massage therapy is locally contraindicated, which means the therapist can give you a massage treatment but not over the areas affected by the following:

  • Varicose veins
  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed pain
  • Inflammation, including Arthritis

Medical Contraindications

At Refresh Medical Spa, we want to make sure that if you have any of the conditions listed below,  massage therapy can
only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.

  • Cardio-Vascular Conditions (Thrombosis, Phlebitis, Hypertension, Heart Conditions)
  • Pregnancy
  • Oedema
  • Psoriasis or Eczema
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous or Psychotic conditions
  • Heart Problems, Angina, People Wearing Pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Bell’s Palsy, Trapped or Pinched Nerves
  • Gynecological infections
  • Any Chronic. On-Going Health Condition Being Treated by a Medical Practitioner

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?

Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

Massage therapy does not constitute medical treatment and is not a substitute for a medical examination or diagnosis. If you are dealing with a serious health condition check with your health care provider before seeking massage therapy and make sure you inform your massage practitioner of any health conditions that may affect the work.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact your physician.

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