Sport Massage Therapy - CONTRAINIDICTION

Please Note: The following restrictions are international based standards that are put in place for your health and well-being. If you have any question's in relation to Massage Therapy Contraindication, please don't hesitate to ask your trained Massage Therapist.

Sport Massage Therapy Is Generally Considered A Safe Treatment For Most People?                                                                                                                                                                                               

Does a contraindication mean that a massage treatment cannot take place? Not Always.. In fact Sports Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions; However, it's best to have advice from your physician. A Massage Therapist can not by law attempt to diagnose any medical condition; Unless they are also qualified as a Doctor/Specialist. Massage Therapist's are not Physiotherapist's, Chiropractor's or Osteopath's. A Massage Therapist is a Soft Tissue Therapist. Always make sure you ask a Massage Therapist is qualified and registered with Massage New Zealand or a similar governing professional association.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Therefore prior to commencing your Sports Massage Treatment Session you will be required in clinic to fill in a client history form, make sure you enter as many details as you can, specifically in regards to past or present injuries, prior operations and medications that you are currently taking. In a situation where you are at a sporting event you will be required to undertake a verbal intake before commencing your massage.

There are 3 Types/Levels of Contraindication:

Local: When Massage Can Be Performed, However Not The Contraindicated Areas.

Regional: When Massage Can Only Be Performed Once Medical Permission Has Been Granted.

General: When Massage Should Not Be Performed At All.

  • Varicose Veins
  • Undiagnosed Lumps or Bumps
  • Pregnancy (Ok from the second trimester.)
  • Cuts and Abrasions.
  • Sunburn
  • Undiagnosed Acute/Chronic Pain.
  • Inflammation, including Arthritis.

Very Important: If you suffer from any of the following conditions, then massage can only take place only it has been approved in writing by your physician.

  • Cardio-Vascular conditions( Thrombosis, Phibeitis, Hypertension, Heart Conditions) Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner.
  • Oedema, Psoriasis and Eczema.
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Cancer
  • Prescription pain or Depression medication.
  • Nervous or Psychotic conditions.
  • Heart problems, Angina, or those with pacemakers. 
  • Diabetes.
  • Bells palsy, Trapped or Pinched nerve.
  • Gynecological Infections.OC
  • Fever, Contagious or infectious diseases.
  • Colds and Flu
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Recent operations or acute injuries.
  • Neuritis.
  • Skin Diseases.

Does a contraindication mean that a treatment cannot take place? Not always! In fact massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions; However, in the above case its best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified a Doctor can not by law attempt to diagnose any condition.