when to skip that massage

I love a good massage. If possible, very often. However, CNN.com has an interesting article about when getting a massage might be a bad idea.


Besides doing many good things for your body, massage essentially increases blood flow to muscles, which generally is a good thing. However, there are instances when increased blood flow may actually cause inflamation and irritation around nerves, delaying the natural healing process. Do not massage under any of the following circumstances:

-there’s existing damage to muscles or bones such as slipped discs (I found this out the hard way with a neck pain that got much worse after a massage)

-the skin is affected by a rash, burn, eczema, or irritationĀ 

-the person has high blood pressure and is not on medication

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