Chattanooga, TN 37409
We love massage therapy – but are there ever times when you should not get a massage? Besides having heaps of benefits, physical, mental, and emotional, massage just plain feels good. So, it’s understandable that many people are drawn to massage therapy as a treatment option. It’s a truly great form of health care.
However, it’s also true that there are times that you don’t have to get a massage. Most of those times are due to physical reasons. Some of these may be surprising to you. But, most of them are either temporary or avoidable.
In this post, we’ll discuss it here. (We’ll deal with instances when you can get a partial massage in a later post.)
If you fit any of these situations, you should probably not get a massage. At the very least, talk to your doctor before booking your next appointment.
First off, we’re not saying that alcohol is bad. However, getting a massage when you’ve had a few drinks is a bad idea. Here are several reasons why.
For those reasons, wait until you’re stone-cold sober to get your next massage.
Pain medication changes the way you feel pain. Its entire purpose is to make you feel less hurt. And your therapist needs your input to gauge how effective the therapy is and what you need. If a movement hurts, you need to be aware of it.
Here’s what you can do: wait. If you’re sick or injured and taking pain meds, schedule your appointment for just before you need to take another dose. Even if all you’re taking is over-the-counter pain meds. If your injury hurts too much to put off a dose, your perception of pain will be thrown off. You should put off your massage until your condition improves.
We don’t need to say much about recreational drugs. All you need to know is that if you’re using, a massage may actually put in you an unsafe situation. (See above where we discuss how alcohol and pain meds affect massage safety.)
We can’t say exactly which medications make massage therapy unsafe for you. Just as we won’t tell you what your doctor should tell you. But we do know that a number of meds have certain side effects that are made worse by massage. If you are taking any prescribed medications, ask your doctor to make sure massage therapy will work for you.
When you’re down with a fever or any virus, massage is ruled out for you. What you really need is rest. Simply give your body time to kill the infection, virus, or whatever the cause may be. However much you may want to, don’t medicate your fever down unless it’s 104 or close to it. A fever is actually what your immune system uses to kill the threat to your health. (Get medical attention right away if your fever reaches 104.)
Why to avoid when you have a fever? Two things:
Stay home and rest if you’re sick. Especially if you’re contagious. No need to share germs!
Finally, listen to your doctor. No matter what other advice you may hear. If your doctor has told you that you should avoid massages, follow that advice. While it doesn’t happen very often, it has happened. We encourage you to stay healthy in a way that’s safe for you – and your body.
We’re glad to offer massage at our St. Elmo and Highway 58 Atlas Total Health Chiropractic locations! Schedule an appointment today to experience the dual benefit of chiropractic and massage therapy during your next session. And even when you should not get a massage, chiropractic care may still be an option for you.
Part 2 of this series, “Is Massage for Everyone?“, read to learn who can get a partial massage, even if a whole-body massage is ruled out.
If you live anywhere in the Chattanooga or North Georgia area, we're not too far away! Atlas Total Health Chiropractic is a professional and knowledgeable chiropractic clinic ready to help you achieve a pain-free, healthy lifestyle.