Contra-indications are situations or conditions which mean that a treatment should
- not be carried out at all (infection, contagion, recent surgery/heart attack/thrombosis etc.)
- require written or verbal consent from a GP or other healthcare professional
- be deferred until a short-term condition has changed (e.g. the first trimester in pregnancy is a short-term contra-indication)
- be adapted to deal with a localised contra-indication (e.g. avoid massage on an area that is bruised)
Contra-actions are minor symptoms which may experienced during or in the days following a treatment, as a response to the effects of the treatment. This may be as a result of increased circulation, relaxation and subsequent detoxification; it should be regarded as a healthy sign that the treatment is effective and that the body is making the changes it needs for self-healing.
A more acute form of this is often termed a ‘healing response’ which may include a temporary worsening of symptoms, before a state of balance is reached. For example, a person suffering a head cold prior to treatment may find that their symptoms of sinus congestion are literally ‘drawn out’, before they feel clear-headed again. This process should only last for about 12-48 hours and usually brings an ending to symptoms quicker than if no treatment had been given. However should symptoms persist I always advise that you see your GP.
Some possible contra-actions to treatment are as follows:
- Heightened emotional state/tearfulness
- Increased tiredness and a need to rest
- Frequent urination/bowel movement
- Increased release of mucus from the nose or mouth