Lymphatic and Immune Pathologies


Allergy considerations are crucial when conducting therapy with a client. From seasonal allergies to contact allergies, therapists must take into consideration if anything in the massage therapy session that will cause an allergic reaction. During the intake process, the patient is responsible for disclosing any known allergies he or she has. From this point, it is the responsibility of the therapist to consider all allergies when planning therapy sessions. If a person has seasonal allergies or hay fever, the therapist needs to be aware of such allergies and medications being used to treat these allergies but generally does not have to make any other special provisions when planning for therapy. If, however, someone has contact allergies, the therapist must ensure that he or she has made the therapy environment as allergen free as possibly to avoid making the client leave therapy in worse shape than when he or she came in. Among common contact allergies massage therapists must consider are:
• Latex allergies
• Formaldehyde allergies (formaldehyde can be found in cleaning products, laundry detergents,
and blended fabrics, among other things)
• Scents associated with the therapy and therapy surroundings that could trigger an allergic reaction

If the therapist makes provisions ahead of time in order to accommodate a patient who has allergies, there is no reason that the therapy session won’t be a success.


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