While we all should know that massage should be avoided during an acute injury stage of 48-72 hours, there are many reasons that you may want to seek an alternative type of therapy or see a specialist for other conditions following that time period. Contraindication, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable, such as massage therapy in this case. Contraindications for massage could be categorized into General, Local, or Medical types.
Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 24-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.