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  1. Hi

    I'm new here but looks like there's some really useful stuff. I was wondering if anyone can help with with something I came up against earlier today.

    I've just completed my ITEC holistic massage course and I'm doing my case studies. The client I saw today has been on Warfarin for some time as he had a pulmonary embolism in the past.

    I wasn't sure whether this was a contraindication, but I had him sign a disclaimer just in case. It seems to me that the medication should stop him being susceptible to blood clots, therefore it's OK to treat him.

    Does anyone have any opposing views?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  2. Madeline

    Madeline Member

    Oct 27, 2009
    I think you should touch base with your tutor. When I trained, massage on anyone taking warfarin was a contraindication, regardless of time elapsed from initial diagnosis. Warfarin is a blood thinner, so any firm pressure has the potential to cause bruising and possible complications, but that doesn't mean that simply lightening your pressure gives you the go-ahead to treat.
  3. Spindrift

    Spindrift Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Thanks, I'll do that.

    Is there a definitive database of contraindications anywhere? The standard ITEC form isn't particularly helpful, and you can only go back to the tutor for so long ....
  4. snowbison

    snowbison Member

    May 12, 2010
    try the GCMT (General Council for Massage Therapies) website, and look under 'standards' there is a list of contraindications on there.

    I agree with Jabba, you would need to adjust your pressure, so as not to cause any tissue damage and potential bleeding.
  5. sxpnxdhb

    sxpnxdhb New Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Thanks for that, it looks like a useful document.
  6. Misfit.

    Misfit. Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    Getting yourself a book like this one: Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology Lww Massage Therapy & Bodywork Educational Lww Massage Therapy & Bodywork Educational: Amazon.co.uk: Ruth Werner: Books would definitely be of great help to you - now and in future.

    Just my humble opinion.

  7. Theresa P

    Theresa P Member

    Mar 2, 2010
    Thanks, Kitten, I'll take a look at that.
  8. queen kaitlin.(:

    queen kaitlin.(: New Member

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kitten, that looks like a really good book. Thanks for sharing.
  9. oeepkubyihiixvehe

    oeepkubyihiixvehe New Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    United States
    Hi Kitten

    Just following up - a little belatedly - on your previous post. I got that book for Christmas and it is excellent, very well laid out, easy to read and lots of photos of conditions that I hope never to see in real life!

    Thanks again for a great recommendation.

  10. katysoucierxtw

    katysoucierxtw New Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Hi Steve

    You're welcome. I'm glad it was of some help.

  11. rotatrelo

    rotatrelo New Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Kitten, thank you for sharing the book details, will definitely be on my list of books to get.

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