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Endangerment Sites

A list of endangerment sites that need to be met with caution during massage.
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pushing on this endangerment site may cause sensations such as pins and needles, burning, or shooting pain
nerves
prolonged compression of these endangerment sites will cut off the flow of oxygenated blood to everything distal of that point
blood vessels
you wouldn't want to fracture, cause pain to, or bruise the surrounding tissue to these small or fragile endangerment sites, avoid compressive massage or sustained, direct pressure
bony structures
be careful of the location when you are going for the deep massage, compressive techniques, or tapotement, you don't want to cause pain, nausea, bruising, or diminish function of these endangerment sites
organs
These oval, bean-shaped structures are superficially located in several areas of the body, avoid massaging these endangerment sites because it could impair their ability to filter excess toxins or fight infection
lymph nodes
be cautious when massaging around these endangerment sites, they are surrounded by nerves that supply the face with feeling and motor control
eyes
this endangerment site is directly anterior to the ear and is susceptible to alignment issues, avoid deep pressure here, special training is needed to help this area
TMJ
right below your chinny chin chin is a jugular vein, carotid artery, vagus nerve, hyoid bone and a bunch of other sensitive stuff that make this a danger zone, massage in this area requires training and skill
anterior triangle of the neck
this endangered area is not only potentially quite ticklish but also contains a couple of arteries and a bunch of nerves, if you decide to massage here make sure the client isn't getting pins and needles or shooting pains
axilla
avoid this endangerment site on the medial side of this upper extremity, the brachial plexus, cephalic, and basilic veins all run through here
medial humerus
use light pressure in this endangerment site to enhance blood flow and digestion, but too much pressure may diminish the function of organs such as the liver or spleen
abdominal area
avoid this bony spear at the inferior portion of the sternum
xiphoid process
this site is located on the medial side of the upper thigh just inferior to the pelvis, watch out for the artery, nerve, and vein with the same namesake and also the inguinal lymph nodes
femoral triangle
the great saphenous vein is located at this medial endangerment site
medial lower leg
spinous processes are sensitive, so be careful with this site at the base of the neck
posterior triangle of the neck
this site is located between the olecranon process of the ulna and the medial epicondyle of the humerus, it really isn't funny to hit this spot and it really isn't a bone that makes it not so funny either, it should be called the really not funny nerve
medial epicondyle/cubital fossa
these two endangerment sites are located just deep to the inferior ribcage on either side, avoid deep, direct, or compressive pressure and heavy tapotement
kidneys
The sciatic nerve runs through these muscles that are just deep to the gluteal muscles, the sciatic nerve is the thickest nerve in the body and may be irritated if compressed in any way
deep lateral hip rotator muscles
this site is located posterior of the knee, it is soft and contains the common peroneal and tibial nerves as well as the small saphenous vein and and artery that is named for the area
popliteal fossa
the common peroneal nerve is unprotected on this lateral site that is just inferior to the head of the fibula
lateral lower leg