Can Massage Help A Cold Or Flu?

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Can Massage Help Recover From A Cold And Flu?

During the cold and flu season, clients often ask me if massage therapy can help them recover faster.

The answer is – NO.

As a matter of fact, receiving massage while your body is fighting an illness may worsen your condition.

I know you are suffering, and I know you are in pain!

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

Massage therapists usually mean well when they try to help people who are sick. However, we are not trained to diagnose, treat, or cure any illnesses. We have no ability to correctly assess your condition nor to advise you about your illness. 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.

Common Colds And Flu Are Highly Contagious

We have to remember that common cold and the flu are highly contagious during their early stage of incubation. Walking around sick is not only going to spread the virus, but also may cause you to develop additional health conditions, and making your recovery process longer.
When you first notice symptoms of illness, call and reschedule your massage, your therapist will be grateful.

If you are a client of Back To Touch Massage Clinic, please know that our cancellation policy does not apply to those who are sick.

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3 thoughts on “Can Massage Help A Cold Or Flu?

  • March 29, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    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! 🙂

  • May 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    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! 🙂

  • June 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    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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