Gastroesophegeal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophegeal Reflux Disease (GERD) is caused by a weak or impaired esophageal sphincter which results in the backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus. The acid causes damage to the lining of the esophagus. This can cause esophageal ulcers, obstructive scar tissue and even cancer. If the acid reaches the larynx GERD may cause respiratory injury as well.
There should be no massage administered for at least two hours after eating a meal. In some situations, the client may have difficulty lying face down, or may need to be bolstered so as to reduce the possibility of acid reflux during massage. Chair massage is a safe alternative.