Soft tissue therapy is generally considered safe for most people and classified as a non-invasive therapy. The underlying principle guiding practitioners is to ‘do no harm’ in a spirit like the Hippocratic oath that doctors make. With this in mind, there are certain circumstances when the massage may need to be modified or may be totally contraindicated.
hese circumstances are far too many to go into detail but some helpful definitions and examples are:
In summary, conditions where soft tissue therapy may be contraindicated or special care is required include:
General Council for Massage Therapies – PRINCIPLES OF CAUTIONS AND CONTRA INDICATIONS (2006)
This long list of conditions is not designed to scare the client or the practitioner. In fact, in many of these massage is not only indicated but can greatly enhance healing. The intention is for the therapist to be mindful of these conditions and modify their approach accordingly.
Martin Stefanov Petkov
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