In medicine/healing therapies, a contraindication is a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain treatments. Contraindication is the opposite of indication, which is a reason to use a certain treatment.
A contraindication is a specific situation in which a drug, procedure, or surgery should not be used because it may be harmful to the patient.
Any contagious skin disease ie. Impetigo, scabies, chicken pox, mumps etc.
Severe psoriasis or eczema on foot (foot will be too sore to work)
Any untreated severe medical condition, or acute pain (Reflexology may hide a condition which needs medical attention)
Anyone under influence of alcohol or recreational drugs
Severe varicose veins i.e. phlebitis (Reflexology may increase pressure of blood to veins)
Any form of infection, disease or fever (can make client feel worse and spread infection to the therapist)
Diarrhoea and vomiting – cross infection
Bruising on feet
Cuts, grazes, open skin, rashes, bites, burns, fractures
First few days of menstruation (Reflexology may make period heavier)
Immediately after a heavy meal – leave 2 hours
Athletes foot or verrucae’s
Scar tissue (2 years for major operation, and 6 months small scar)
Recent fractures (minimum 3 months)
Contraindications that require Specialist or medical WRITTEN MEDICAL PERMISSION – GP/Consultant
(Some reflexology books list conditions that theoretically may be negatively affected by Reflexology treatment, although scientific research is limited)
Medication for serious conditions (Reflexology may alter the level of drug in body)
Cancer (within 5 years of surgery, as rogue cells may spread through lymph system)
Recent operative patients/recent operations
Cardiovascular conditions such as thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, hypotension, heart
Any condition already being treated by a GP or other complimentary therapist.
Osteoporosis may speed up decalcification)
Pregnancy (not to treat in the first trimester – 3 months)
Trapped/pinched nerve (sciatica) inflamed nerve
Any dysfunction of the nervous system, eg multiple sclerosis, parkinsons disease, motor