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Reflexology Contraindications

Please read the information below prior to booking an appointment to avoid disappointment.

A medical contraindication to reflexology means there is a reason not to treat unless permission has been gained.

If you are on medication, or attending your doctor for any condition his/her consent may be needed before you can receive Reflexology.



  • 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

  • Internal bleeding

  • 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 verruca

  • Localised swelling/inflammation

  • Scar tissue (2 years for major operation, and 6 months small scar)

  • Sunburn

  • Hormonal implants

  • Recent fractures (minimum 3 months)

  • Cervical spondylitis

  • Haematoma

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

  • Post natal

  • Severe swelling

  • Cardiovascular conditions such as thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, hypotension, heart conditions.

  • Any condition already being treated by a GP or other complimentary therapist.

  • Nervous/Psychotic conditions

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis may speed up decalcification)

  • Acute rheumatism

  • Recent operations

  • Epilepsy

  • Asthma

  • Medical oedema

  • Pregnancy (not to treat in the first trimester – 3 months)

  • Cancer

  • Spastic conditions

  • Kidney infections

  • Trapped/pinched nerve (sciatica) inflamed nerve

  • Any disfunction of the nervous system, eg Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Motor neurone disease

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