Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bite of a particular kind of tick carrying the Lyme bacteria. Symptoms can include a "bull's-eye" rash accompanied by flu-like symptoms including fever, fatigue and joint pain. If left untreated it can lead to poor coordination, numbness, Bell's Palsy and cardiovascular symptoms such as an irregular heartbeat.
During the acute phase of Lyme disease massage would be contraindicated. During subacute stages massage may be used to maintain joint function and for the relief of muscular pain.