Can Massage Cure Cold or Flu?

So often, during this time of a year clients ask me if massage therapy can cure or help them recover faster from a cold or flu.

The answer is – NO.

As a matter of fact, receiving massage while your body is fighting off a cold or flu may worsen your condition.

I know you are suffering! The congestion in your chest is unbearable; the force caused by coughing and seizing makes your muscles tight and sore. Additionally, the flu-related pain in your muscles and joints make you feel exhausted and cranky. While you’re desperate to get some relief from your symptoms, massage therapy isn’t the way to go.

Massage therapists are not trained to diagnose, treat or cure any illnesses, and we have no ability to correctly assess your condition. Your best bet is to go see your medical doctor and follow their instructions. They can properly diagnose you, and ensure you are not developing any secondary upper respiratory system problems. You may need medication that will help you boost your immune system and fight the symptoms efficiently.

Let’s try to remember that both, common colds and the flu are highly contagious during their early stage of incubation and walking around sick is going to spread the virus. Therefore, when you first notice symptoms of illness, call and reschedule your massage, your therapist will be grateful.

3 thoughts on “Can Massage Cure Cold or Flu?

  • March 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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    Right great advice! I absolutely DON’T work on a client if they are sick! Period! Just like if Im sick I cancel my clients! Good blog! 🙂

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  • May 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    Great blog! Yes I totally agree with you! No massages for people when you are sick! We as therapists don’t need to catch your cold or flu. We can’t afford to miss work and not get paid! Clients please don’t intentionally get your therapist sick. Please be a sweetie and tell us your sick . We will gladly reschedule you another appointment! 🙂

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  • June 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm
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    Yes good blog on people who are sick and think a massage will help! I wish people would just be honest and tell us massage therapists that they are not feeling well. We have the right to know! And No I wouldn’t massage you either if you are sick. I don’t want to catch what you got. Then I have to take time of work with no pay. If I’m sick I reshedule my people. I have respect for you so please show common courtesy to your massage therapists! We appreciate you and we can’t afford to be sick thankyou! 🙂

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