“You’re Taking What?  Massage and Common Medications” by Ruth Werner reports that in 2005, almost 40 million people sought out a professional for a massage.  Most likely, many of these patients were on some sort of medication, many of which have adverse side effects that could play a part during massage.  For example, something as simple as Advil can cause abdominal pain and bruising.  If the massage therapist does not does have the knowledge of these side effects, he could end up causing pain or discomfort for the patient that could have been avoided.  Not only does this defeat the purpose of bettering the life of the client, but it will have a negative effect on the therapist’s business.  It is the responsibility of the therapist to ask the patient about any current medications and then have the knowledge of these medications so he can massage accordingly.

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