What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Open Wounds

These include any injury to

A crust or scab appears at the site

Massage is locally contraindicated

and Sores

the skin that has not healed

of the injury.

for any unhealed skin injury with

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and that is vulnerable to


which bleeding has occurred.


infection if exposed to bac-


When the underlying epidermis


teria or other microorgan-


has been completely replaced,


isms. Skin injuries are vul-


the scab will fall off and the


nerable as long as there is


wound will no longer be at risk


a visible crust or scab.


for infection.




Massage may be systemically




contraindicated if the skin in-




jury is connected to a contraindi-




cated underlying condition such




as diabetes.


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