Things you should tell your Massage Therapist:
Sometimes during a massage I notice things such as excessive bruising or I get to the legs to discover the client is wearing support stockings, usually it is at that point that I will ask some key questions that should have been disclosed before the massage on an intake form. Unfortunately some of the intake forms are very short and basic, such as are you pregnant and do you have any allergies. While these are things we do need to know there are many other things that may not have been addressed on your intake form.
Are you on blood thinners?
We need to know this because of the increased risk of bruising and someone who is on blood thinners should not be getting deep work done.
Do you have neuropathy?
It is important for the therapist to be aware that you have diminished sensation in certain areas so the therapist is mindful to not go too hard on those areas.This also applies to pain relievers, please let your therapist know if you have recently taken something for pain.
Do you have osteoporosis or other conditions that weaken your bones?
There have been cases of people with osteoporosis getting cracked ribs during a massage, it is important that your therapist knows about this condition before working on you.
Have you had any recent surgeries?
Depending on how long it has been since your surgery the area can be massaged to get circulation to the area and help speed up the healing process, but massage on the area before it has sufficiently healed has the potential to reopen the wound.
Do you have any plates or pins?
A plate in your neck or back limits your range of motion and your therapist should know about these before attempting any stretching on those areas.
Do you have high blood pressure?
There are some techniques that are not advised if you have high blood pressure, such as hot stone as it may increase your blood pressure.
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Kristeen Smart AKA Kristeen Kish
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist