Some days it’s nice for massage to be a break from ‘regular’ medical appointments. To enjoy one-on-one attention, acceptance of where you are as a person, and the relaxing benefits. But before that can happen safely, did you remember to tell your massage therapist what’s in your medicine chest?
I can’t think of a single medication that will completely stop me from providing someone with massage therapy. On the other hand, medications ranging from prescriptions, to over the counter medication, pain-killers, supplements, blood pressure medication, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, insulin, sleep aids and decongestants will all change which techniques I use, how I apply them, and what I tell my patient.
For example: massage therapy can speed up how your body metabolizes your medication – I might treat you exactly the same during the massage, but warn you to watch out for side effects later in the day.
If you are taking a pain killer or anti-inflammatory (i.e. morphine, codeine, Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, ginger, curcuma/turmeric, medical marijuana, steroids, or a combination prescribed by another healthcare practitioner) and you tell me about it, I can modify my pressure to prevent over-treating you. If we don’t discuss your medications, you have a higher risk of pain post-treatment or even bruising.
Have a happy and safe massage!