Karen Iverson

  Therapeutic Massage




Massage is a health care tool...

For many conditions and injuries, massage may be a means to help 
you feel more relaxed and less anxious and to reduce pain. It's one of several useful tools for managing your health, but it doesn't take 
the place of standard medical treatment and exercise.

Massage and bodywork therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires 
a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.

Before starting massage therapy, consult your physician or health care provider to make sure it's recommended for your condition.


Risks of massage?

Massage is generally safe as long as it's done by a trained therapist. 
But massage isn't for everyone. And for some people it can even be dangerous. 

Discuss massage with your doctor before making an appointment if 
you have:

  • Burns or open wounds on the area to be massaged
  • Had a recent heart attack
  • Cancer — you'll want to avoid direct pressure on the tumor area
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Unhealed fractures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis in the area to be massaged
  • Severe osteoporosis

In addition, talk to your doctor before getting a massage if 
you're pregnant.

It’s important to also note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended. For example, massage is contraindicated in people with:

  • Certain forms of cancer
  • Phlebitis
  • Some cardiac problems
  • Some skin conditions
  • Infectious diseases

Your massage practitioner should ask you about your specific health conditions and determine if massage, bodywork or somatic therapies are a good idea. In some cases, the practitioner may need your doctor’s permission before providing services.

Massage done properly rarely leads to severe injuries. Ask your massage therapist about his or her training and qualifications — 
some states - such as North Carolina - require licensing. 

And if any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak 
up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage. In rare circumstances, massage can cause:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Temporary paralysis

Talk to your doctor and your massage therapist if you have any concerns about your risk of injury. Asking questions can help you feel more at ease.



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