You make a first appointment with a new massage therapist. Have you even wondered why the heck it is necessary to answer all these health history questions?
Maybe you take some medication for a low thyroid or the occasional Advil. But you’re healthy, and it’s just a massage anyway, right?! You never have to do it when you go to a spa.
Well, there are a few different reasons.
The intake process insures that you can receive massage and be safe doing so. If you cannot, this is a contraindication From the medical encyclopedia:
“A contraindication is a specific situation in which a drug, procedure, or surgery should not be used because it may be harmful to the person.”
Contraindications for massage include conditions which are severe in nature, contagious, undiagnosed, or uncontrolled. They can be systemic, or local.
Systemic contraindications impact the whole body. An example of this would be a bacterial infection, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.
An example of a local contraindication would be Compartment Syndrome. (a recent injury is causing extreme pressure on blood vessels and nerves).
“The intake process insures that you can receive massage and be safe doing so.”
In the presence of a caution, clients may still receive massage. But your massage therapist will adjust the techniques to keep you safe. Examples include varicose veins, osteoporosis, or a recent bone fracture.
Just go home
This is for when you just came down with a cold, or have the flu. It’s best to prioritize your immune health and rebook your massage for a couple weeks from now.
Aaaaand for those who might be under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs: sleep it off before your massage, pleez.