Before you book a session here at Vive, understanding what contraindications are is imperative when communicating exactly what needs to be considered for your massage session specifically.

What Are Indicators For Massage? 

The definition of an indication for massage is literally, a reason to provide someone with a massage, such as back pain, neck or shoulder pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, whiplash, nerve injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, poor circulation, tendinitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, constipation, headaches and migraines, sinus disorders and skin problems.

What Are Contraindicators For Massage?

This would be a reason not to provide someone with a massage. A contraindication is something that massage may interact with negatively, for example a fever or severe pain.

It’s not all black and white though. There are varying degrees of indications and contraindications. Contraindications may be further defined as relative or absolute, general or regional. What’s more, they can be a combination of these.

Absolute Contraindications

When something is considered an absolute contraindication, it means that the client should not be given a massage in that particular area no matter what the circumstances. For example, if someone had DVT (deep vein thrombosis) under no circumstances should the lower calf muscles be massaged.

General Contraindications

When a contraindication affects the entire body, it is known as a general contraindication.

Local Contraindications

If the contraindication affects only a localised area of the body is known as a local contraindication.

Combined Contraindications

This sounds a little trickier than it is, but put simply, a condition may be any combination of local or general, and relative or absolute. For example, DVT is both local and absolute, and an acute injury to the biceps insertion would be both relative and local.

If you want to have a massage and have informed us of some type of contraindication, it’s a good idea for you to obtain medical approval from your doctor or physiotherapist before booking a session at Vive. Depending on the condition, we may insist on medical approval before commencement of the treatment. This is a sensible rule that covers both Vive and you. No matter what the condition is however, it is essential that you always let your therapist know about it before treatment commences.



On Social Media