Contraindications to Massage

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Contraindications are any condition that makes any massage approach undesirable, improper or harmful. There are some instances when a condition makes massage absolutely undesirable and other cases when massage can be proceeded with caution.

A few examples of some absolute contraindications include advanced kidney failure, acute stage pneumonia and liver failure. In any of these cases, massage should not be given.

A regional absolute contraindication is where massage can be given, apart from specific areas such as open wounds, irritable skin conditions, recent burns or frostbite. These conditions require the awareness of the possible negative effects of massage. Adaptions may need to be made to a treatment plan where regional contraindications are present.

Some other conditions where adapted massage may be possible:
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Pregnancy and Labour

Staff at Vibrant Life Massage have completed advanced training in pregnancy massage to provide the best and safest treatment possible. See our pregnancy massage page for more details.

If you have any questions about your suitability for massage please do not hesitate to contact one of our amazing staff who will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Call on 9381 1026 or email at