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Massage Therapy best practices: Keeping our clients safe
Massage therapy appears to have few serious risks — if it is performed by a properly trained therapist and if appropriate cautions are followed. The number of serious injuries reported is very small. Side effects of massage therapy may include temporary pain or discomfort, bruising, swelling and a sensitivity or allergy to massage oils.
Cautions about massage therapy include the following:
Vigorous massage should be avoided by people with bleeding disorders, low blood platelet counts and by people taking blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin.
Massage should not be done in any area of the body with blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections, weakened bones (such as from osteoporosis or cancer) or where there has been a recent surgery.
Although massage therapy appears to be generally safe for cancer patients, they should consult their oncologist before having a massage that involves deep or intense pressure. Any direct pressure over a tumor usually is discouraged. Cancer patients should discuss any concerns about massage therapy with their oncologist.
Pregnant women should consult their health care provider before using massage therapy.
For certain medical conditions massage therapy is generally contraindicated or should be avoided at the time.
systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold
acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention
severe unstable hypertension
For the following conditions massage therapy is locally contraindicated, or the affected areas are to be avoided:
Acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
Deep vein thrombosis
local contagious or irritable skin conditions
open sores or wounds
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.
What on-site chair massage can do for your business?
- Reduce physical and mental stress
- Maintain the strength and health of employees
- Minimize work-related physical discomfort
- Provide a tax deductible benefit option.
- Enhance your wellness program
- Increase productivity
- Lower health care cost
- Improve employee morale
- Shows staff that the company cares