Generally speaking, it is not appropriate to get a massage when you are sick. This is especially true if you are contagious and therefore could spread your illness to the Massage Therapist or other people getting massages in that same location. The CDC’s recommendation is “to stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours without the help of a fever reducer.” Once you have waited 24 hours after your fever has ceased and you are symptom-free, a massage is a great idea.
How Can Massage Therapy Prevent Me From Getting Sick?
One of the reasons massages are a great idea is because they can boost your immune system. This can actually help to decrease the risk of getting sick – and being able to fight off viruses that may cause illness. It is advised to receive consistent massages in order to help reduce this risk, especially during the cold and flu season.
When you are dealing with other symptoms that can mask as sickness – such as allergies – a massage is still indicated. The right type of massage will actually help to alleviate some of the symptoms that may be caused by allergies like headaches, facial tension and congestion. Massage therapy can in fact improve your physical health as well as mental health.
If you are unsure whether or not you should get a massage, it is always a good idea to explain your symptoms to your Massage Therapist over the phone when you call to schedule. He or she can help to guide you in the right direction, whether that means referring you to a Medical Doctor for further diagnosis or asking further questions about what you are experiencing. This can result in a better experience for both client and practitioner upon appointment day.
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