Put a Hold on That Massage if You Have DVT

October 25, 2018 • plymouth • DVT

Massages are a great way to help you relax, unwind, and soothe sore muscles, but if you are currently undergoing treatment for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT as it is commonly called, your health could be at risk. Discover why it is important to treat deep vein thrombosis, either with sclerotherapy or radiofrequency ablation, before scheduling your next massage.    

Should You Get a Massage if You Have DVT?

While there is nothing physically preventing you from going and getting a massage if you have deep vein thrombosis, it is not advisable. The small blood clots that cause your deep vein thrombosis could break loose. When this happens it can cause serious, potentially fatal health problems such as a pulmonary embolism.

In order to prevent serious health problems from occurring, it is advised that you wait to have any type of massage. Once DVT is properly treated and the blood clots are gone it is then safe to have a massage.

Why are Massages Dangerous if You Have a Blood Clot?

The entire purpose of a massage is to use specialized techniques to gently, yet vigorously stretch the skin. Stretching the skin allows access to the deep muscles. Once the deep muscles are reached any tension or stress can be released.

The techniques used to stretch the skin are great for gaining access to the deep muscles of your body, but they aren’t so great if you have a blood clot. The vigorous pushing, pulling, and stretching that occur during a massage can cause a blood clot, which is stuck to the walls of your veins, to come loose and start traveling to other parts of the body.

If the blood clot continues to travel throughout the body without dissolving and it ends up in the lungs or heart, it can cause serious problems. Problems such as heart attacks, strokes, and blocked arteries can occur as a result of a blood clot that traveled throughout the body.

Prevent Problems by Learning the Symptoms of DVT

Learning the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis can help prevent you from undergoing a massage that could turn deadly.

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include:

  • Skin that appears discolored or bright red
  • Extremely tender veins that are painful at the slightest touch
  • Skin that feels warm especially if it feels warm around areas that are red, discolored, or painful
  • Pain that occurs in your legs when you walk or stand up
  • Sudden swelling of the legs – it can happen to one leg or both legs at the same time

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you could have DVT. It is best to put any plans for a massage on hold until you can get properly checked out by a medical professional to determine if there are any blood clots.

Think you may have a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis? Schedule an appointment at Tri-City Vein Center. Our vein specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of vein problems ranging from varicose veins to deep vein thrombosis. Call us today to schedule an appointment.  


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