Contraindications for therapeutic massage

Do sources agree?

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Abstract

Objectives: To explore the extent to which professional sources agree on contraindications (CIs) and precautions for therapeutic massage. Methods: Textbook and peer-reviewed journal sources containing CIs on therapeutic massage in English within the past 10 years were searched (January 1992-July 2002). Descriptive statistics and stacked bar graphs were employed to illustrate agreement of categorical data. Results: Twenty-one sources listed anywhere from 3 to 86 CIs and precautions for therapeutic massage. Over half of the sources failed to indicate a CI or precaution for the majority of patient conditions. Seventy-six percent of the sources failed to cite references to support CI claims. Conclusion: Sources markedly varied regarding what conditions were considered contraindicated for massage. Advisory panels and greater reliance on evidence-based data may help to enhance consistency when documenting future CIs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-57
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2004

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Keywords

  • Adverse reaction
  • Contraindication
  • Massage
  • Precaution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Health Professions(all)

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Contraindications for therapeutic massage : Do sources agree? / Batavia, Mitchell.

In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Vol. 8, No. 1, 01.2004, p. 48-57.

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