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Oct 21, 2022

A client is undergoing a series of intravenous iron infusions to treat anemia. Her doctor has cleared her for massage, but her massage therapist still has questions—as they should. What are the cautions or contraindications for someone who needs to supplement iron intravenously? Let’s find out.




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Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at And more information about her is available at   


Recent Articles by Ruth:       


“Unpacking the Long Haul,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, January/February 2022, page 35,


“Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Massage Therapy,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, September/October 2021, page 33,


“Pharmacology Basics for Massage Therapists,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, July/August 2021, page 32,    




Pocket Pathology:


Anemia - Iron-Deficiency Anemia | NHLBI, NIH (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2022).


Foods High in Iron: Clams, Dark Chocolate, White Beans, and Many More (2019) Healthline. Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2022).


Iron Infusion: Benefits, Side Effects, and What to Expect (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2022).


Iron infusion: Uses, benefits, and what to expect (2017). Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2022).


Iron Sucrose (Intravenous Route) Side Effects - Mayo Clinic (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2022).


Rossi, E. (2005) ‘Hepcidin - the Iron Regulatory Hormone’, Clinical Biochemist Reviews, 26(3), pp. 47–49.


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About Til Luchau and  

As a Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Til was on the faculty of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® for 20 years, where he served as Coordinator and Faculty Chair of the Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration program. The author of the Advanced Myofascial Techniques textbook series (which has been translated into 6 languages), his regular Myofascial Techniques and Somatic Edge columns have been featured in Massage & Bodywork magazine since 2009, and (along with Whitney Lowe) he co-hosts the popular Thinking Practitioner Podcast. He is the Director of which since 1985 has offered short, credit-approved professional trainings and certification for manual therapists of all types, in person and online.