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Should I Cancel My Appointment if I’m Sick?

Short answer: Yes, please.

Long Answer: Yes, please.

Self care including massage therapy and chiropractic appointments are great.  You know this. But it’s not always a great idea.

As cold and flu season approaches again, it’s important that you know when it may be necessary to cancel your appointment.

Why? 

When you are sick, your body needs rest. It’s strange to think about it this way, but receiving massage and treatment are active tasks, it is not entirely rest. Changes occur in the body, and your body has to work to maintain stability. Getting manual therapy when you are sick takes attention away from infection-fighting. That’s no good.

You’re not going to be cozy on the massage or chiropractic table.  Sure, it sounds like a warm squishy massage table would be great. But the moment you put your already-stuffy head into that face cradle, you’ll realize the error of your ways. Gravity and pressure are not your friend here. Even if you receive a great face massage to drain your sinuses, you’ll likely feel worse when you get off the table.

You can also get your therapist or doctor sick. Since most of the common winter viruses are contagious even before symptoms show up, the cooties can be passed along to more clients before anyone even knows it’s happening.  Our staff wants to stay germ-free this winter.

When to cancel

If you have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, or are still feeling punky from a recent bout of such things.

If you’ve had a fever in the past 24 hours, or fever-related symptoms. This includes chills, aches, and fatigue. Even if you’re keeping the fever down with medicine, you’re still sick. The fever counts.

If you are itchy, runny, and/or sneezy, and you’re not 100% certain it’s seasonal allergies. And even then, allergies may leave you so miserable that the time on the table would be wasted time and money for you.

If you are coughing constantly, or just a lot.

If someone in your household is ill and you are feeling at all funky, please cancel.

There is often some gray area here, especially if you are in the recovery phase of a virus or bacterial infection.  If you’re unsure about your situation, please our office at 703-465-1213 before your appointment and we can make a decision together.

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Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-465-1213
Fax: 703-465-1211