Are there any medical conditions that would make massage, bodywork, or Manual Lymph Drainage - MLD inadvisable? Set appointment with FREE no-obligation phone consultation 919.228.9559
Yes. That's why we must ask general health questions during your FREE no-obligation phone consultation AND at each visit before receiving manual therapy. You must inform the therapist of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for MLD, massage, or bodywork before any session (If you have any doubts). Your therapist at Wake Medical Massage, LLC may require a written referral from your doctor. If this is a life-threatening condition, call 911
Please be aware of all these contraindications before you sign the client consent form and receive MLD, Massage, or Bodywork Therapy
• Pain that is local, sharp, dull, achy, deep, and or surface (Not in that area)
• Inflammation (Not in that area)
• Lumps and Tissue changes (Not in that area)
• Rashes and changes in the skin (Not in that area)
• Severe Edema
• Severe Infection
• Changes in habits such as appetite elimination or sleep
• Bleeding and bruising
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
• Temperature of the skin either hot or cold (Not in that area)
• Infectious Skin Diseases
• Local or systemic infections
• Cardiac conditions
• Blood clots
• Varicose Veins (Not in that area)
• Acute stage pneumonia
• Advanced kidney failure
• Advanced respiratory failure
• Diabetes with complications (e.g. Gangrene)
• Eclampsia is toxemia in pregnancy
• Liver Failure
• Post cerebrovascular accident (CVA, stroke)
• Post myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack)
• Severe atherosclerosis
• Severe hypertension
• Shock (all types)
• Significant fever (above 101 F. / 38.3 C.)
• Systemic contagious/infectious condition and many more
• Call for free no-obligation phone consultation 919.228.9559
Absolute contraindications to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) that could cause a life-threatening are acute infectious, fever, serious circulatory problems such as thrombosis, congenital heart failure, major cardiac problems, hemorrhage, acute enuresis, and malignant ailments, or undiagnosed ‘lumps’.
Fever, acute infection, early onset of inflammatory disease. You need to wait until the acute phase is over and the fever is broken.
Circulatory system problems, especially thrombosis. If there is any risk of embolism of phlebitis, do not use MLD and see your physician immediately
Cardiac issues such as heart disease, acute angina pectoris, or coronary thrombosis (heart attack). Using MLD increases the fluid load on the heart, and compromised cardiac systems should not be subjected to MLD.
Active bleeding, internal or external.
Active malignant cancers, undiagnosed lumps, or tumors whose origins have not been determined by your physician.
High-risk pregnancy or late-term pregnancy with complications
Relative contraindications to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) means that caution should be used when procedures are used together. (It is acceptable to do so if the benefits outweigh the risk.). There are several relative contraindications to lymphatic drainage. These include edema and lymphedema, which may either be a good indication for lymphatic drainage or a contraindication, depending on the etiology of the edema or lymphedema. In cases of hyper- or hypothyroidism, there is also a rare risk of upsetting the blood’s hormone ratio and provoking a hyperthyroid reaction when working over the thyroid gland.
If none of these contraindications are present, lymphatic drainage is a safe and gentle modality appropriate for many indications and is the best option for moving fluid from one body part to another. Call today 919.228.9559
We may require a written referral for MLD treatment
Physician Referral for MLD (From USA Board Certified practicing in the USA) - No Fax Service. Mail correspondence letters to our physical address listed on the Hours & Location page. (Referral must be given in writing, dated, and signed by the referring practitioner)