Contra-indications to Lymphatic Massage

There are specific situations in which massage should be limited or used only with great caution, such as:

  • Acute inflammation
  • Systemic infection
  • Thrombosis and phlebitis
  • Bleeding – External or internal
  • Major cardiac problems (e.g. Heart problems, acute angina, recent heart attack)
  • High blood pressure (in severe case)
  • Malignant aliments in the area (e.g. Active cancer, leukemia) including those with any undiagnosed lumps
  • High fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle and tendon partial tears
  • In early pregnancy (in the first trimester)
  • Some local contraindications for massage
  • An open wound or burn or at the site of a recent injury
  • Varicose veins

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