Is massage contraindicated for osteoporosis?

When we have a client with the following condition:

Do not massage over known osteoporotic areas. Massage should be gentle, with no stretches, joint manipulations or use of percussive strokes. The main intention is to help the client relax. Negotiate comfortable positions and use of supports with the client. Take particular care in getting the client on and off the table. Be cautious when massaging an older person, particularly women, as they may unknowingly have osteoporosis. Feel your way carefully as you increase the pressure of the massage.

Signs and symptoms for

  • Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
  • Loss of height over time
  • A stooped posture
  • A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected
OSTEOPOROSIS contraindications In beauty therapy


Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture.

Osteoporosis isn’t usually painful until a fracture occurs, but spinal fractures are a common cause of long-term (chronic) pain.

Losing bone is a normal part of the ageing process, but some people lose bone density much faster than normal. This can lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of fractures.

, "osteoporosis" is NOT contagious!

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