Can a Massage Be Risky?
By Robin Westen
After a massage, who doesn’t float off the table feeling all is right with the world? Stretched and oiled with muscles relaxed and mind calm, it’s the perfect treat for our bodies. Or is it? In general, massage is safe and its side effects are rare. But when you have certain conditions a massage can put your health at risk.
Diabetes: The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) advises diabetics to check their blood sugar after a massage. It can cause a drop in the blood sugar level. If you are diabetic and get massages regularly, map your blood sugar after each treatment to watch for patterns.
Cancer: If you have cancer, check with your doctor before considering massage since it can damage tissues that may be fragile from chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
Allergies: Many massages incorporate oils, lotions, and aromatherapy products that can trigger allergic reactions. Speak with your massage therapist beforehand about your allergies or sensitivities and see if the products can be eliminated or adjusted.
Blood Clots: Massage can be dangerous for people with blood clots because it can potentially dislodge them. This might allow the clot to travel to the heart or brain, leading to a heart attack or stroke.