When Rescheduling a Massage Therapy Session May be Good

Although massage is a truly effective, therapeutic method for improving muscular, tendon, ligament, or soft tissue issues, there may be times when you should refrain from getting one or understand if the massage therapist deems it necessary to postpone the session. There are certain conditions that may negatively affect the massage. Check out these scenarios the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine discusses where rescheduling your appointment may be necessary for everyone’s best health:

  1. Infections

Often, a massage therapist will send a patient home if they have the cold, flu, or other viral or bacterial infection. Working with a contagious patient could result in the therapist catching the infection and then passing it along to other patients. Patients are also advised to hold off on their massage appointment if they have a rash or skin infection. Often a patient whose immune system is already compromised in fighting off an infection will find the massage counterproductive and they end up sicker and feeling worst than at the onset.

  1. Medical Conditions

If a patient has a specific medical condition, such as kidney failure, a massage may place excess demands on weakened organs.  It is also suggested that massage be avoided after an acute injury as it can interfere with the healing process.

  1. Medications

There are certain medications that may cancel or modify a massage. These medications include:

  • Blood thinners—may result in bruising with heavy pressure or deep tissue massage.
  • Blood pressure medications– can result in low blood pressure and dizziness upon sitting up or standing after a massage
  • Topical drugs (hormone or antibiotic creams)– the medications can be transferred to the therapist.
  • Injectable medication (such as insulin)– therapists should avoid the injection site since massage can interfere with how the drug is absorbed
  • Muscle relaxers– the therapist may want to avoid static stretches that might overstretch the muscles.
  • Painkillers—issues with desensitization