INFO about COVID-19 and massage

Information concerning COVID-19 and massage 

We compiled an information package concerning the effects of the Sars-Cov-2 virus on massage services. Rela-hierojat currently uses very strict asepsis at the clinics to ensure the safety of both our clients and our massage therapists. Our clinics have 2-3 treatment rooms and we avoid a situation where there would be more than 10 people inside. At those clinics where there are 5 or more treatment rooms, we limit the number of people if necessary. We follow the instructions given by the Finnish government, THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare) and Terveystalo and update the instructions for our therapists accordingly.
Is massage safe during the Covid-19 epidemic?
  • It is important that both the therapist and the client carefully assess their own health to protect other people from possible infection. If either one has symptoms of a respiratory infection or has returned from abroad or has been in contact with a coronavirus patient during the previous 14 days, the appointment should be postponed.
How does the virus infect? Can the virus be transmitted via the treatment table?
  • The new coronavirus is transmitted primarily as a droplet and contact infection when a person coughs or sneezes. At the clinics, the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned after each client. Conventional cleaning agents are also effective against the coronavirus.
  • The activities of Rela-hierojat are carried out responsibly and high-quality asepsis is maintained at the clinics:
    • Hands are washed thoroughly before and after each massage
    • Most massages are done with disposable gloves (strong recommendation)
    • The treatment table and especially the face opening are cleaned with disinfectant after each massage
    • Loose pads for face opening and other difficult-to-clean structures are not in use by the time
    • Surfaces, handles, sanitation, etc. are thoroughly cleaned at least twice a day
    • We have replaced e.g. towels with disposable fiber cloths.
Can facial massage or occlusal muscle massage be performed during an epidemic, is it a risk to the client and the therapist?
  • It is important to follow the same precautions as for any other massage service.
Can a symptomless person infect others?
  • According to the latest research, it is possible that an infected person can spread the virus further before symptoms begin. The infected person is most contagious when he has the most symptoms. According to the WHO the majority of infections are caused by symptomatic people.
After the illness, how long you have to wait before booking an appointment?
  • According to THL’s guidelines, a patient in good condition with COVID-19 may, at the physician's discretion, treat himself at home. Treatment at home is continued for at least 7 days. If the patient is still symptomatic after the 7 days, he should stay at home until he has been symptomless for at least 24 hours.
What if you are symptomless yourself but a family member has had COVID-19 and recovered from it?
  • The clients should monitor their own condition for 14 days from the last contact with a symptomatic COVID-19 patient. In practice 14 days from the recovery of a family member.
When the epidemic ends?
  • This cannot be predicted yet.
If you had COVID-19 now, will it give you immunity?
  • It is considered likely that a person who had had COVID-19 will acquire immunity. The strength and duration of immunity are not known yet.
Source: THL, National Institute for Health and Welfare
As an expert: Senior Physician Pekka Aroviita, Suomen Terveystalo
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