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CONTRA-ACTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS TO INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

Posted on 4 August, 2015 at 4:40

Indian Head Massage is safe for all ages and is good even for pregnant women after the first 4 months. In fact, it is customary in India for both mother and newborn to receive this massage for 40 continuous days after delivery. However, there are some contraindications of which to be aware before starting this treatment, as some medical conditions may affect your treatment or may mean that during the treatment some localised areas need to be avoided.

Please, find them listed below, and if you are in any doubt, please consult your GP before starting!

 

CONTRA-ACTIONS:

A contra-action is a minor symptom, experienced during or following a treatment, as a response to the effects of it. This is usually a result of increased circulation, relaxation and subsequent detoxification. It should be regarded as a healthy sign. It shows that the treatment is effective, and that the body is making the changes it needs, to heal itself. A more acute form of this is often termed a ‘healing crisis’, which may include a temporary worsening of symptoms, before a state of equilibrium is reached. For example, a client with a head cold before 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.

 

Some possible contra-actions to treatment are as follows:

 

 Headache/light-headedness;

 Nausea;

 Heightened emotional state/tearfulness;

 Increased tiredness and a need to rest;

 Frequent urination/bowel movement;

 Increased release of mucus from the nose or mouth.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

• Recent head or neck injury, fractures (minimum 3 months). If there is damage to these fragile areas, the massage could cause pain and inflammation. In fact, anything you do could cause further injury - easily life threatening. If accute, you need medical attention. Consent from a medical practitioner required.

• Stroke. You definitely need medical attention. Depends on the time since, and severity of the stroke (and of course check with your health care provider before beginning any treatment). If it some time after the stroke, a gentle massage can be of help in rehabilitation.

• Parkinson's disease. If very mild, a person with PD could get massage. Later they might be too altered to understand a massage.

• Eczema. Only contraindicated (CI) locally, fine for unaffected areas. Would be too painful to touch, and the massage might aggravate it. There is a risk of infection.

• Skin disorders, cuts and abrasions to treatment area. Open wounds locally CI any massage, because of pain and risk of infection.

• Severe bruising in treatment area. Damage to tissue. Could indicate illness, like anemea, that would CI massage.

• Epilepsy. The person could go into a seizure. This condition is not necessarily CI for massage (it really all depends on the person.) They might need more medical attention, especially if they have seizes. Medical consent required.

• Recent haemorrhage (especially, brain). No treatment could be performed.

• High or low blood pressure. Massage can alter BP (usually it lowers it), a problem for an untreated cleint. With treatment, clients can get massage. Special attention is needed for people with high blood pressure (risk of clots).

• Migraine – acute fase. Usually migraine is indicated for massage (it is one of the best things for it.), but in its acute fase massage will only worsen the condition.

• History of thrombosis or embolism. A thrombosis is an object, usually a clot, that is stuck in a vein. The danger with these is that they can suddenly break free and travel to the heart (causing a myocardial imbolism), the lungs (causing a pulmonary imbolism), or to the brain, causing a stroke. A person with this problem does not need something that adds stress to the circulatory system, like a massage. They also need medical attention and monitoring.

• Diabetes. The main problem is the poor skin sensation. Some of the clients with this illness may be prone to circulatory problems. Generally, diabetes is safe for massage, unless there is peripheral neuropathy and/or open sores. One consideration: massage lowers blood sugar, so the client needs to be aware and have a snack handy for afterwards.

• Dysfunction of nervous system. (i.e. meningitis, inflammation of the brain). No treatment should be performed.

• Scalp/Skin diseases or infections. Contagious (viral, bacterial, fungal). High risk of cross infections. No treatment should be performed.

• Alopecia (a hair loss condition). Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss (highly contagious). Ask for medical permission.

• Recent operations to treatment area (2 years for major operation, 6 months for a small scar). The person is still healing with a weak system, and does not need the stress of a massage. There is also a chance of infection or aggravation. The massage will interfere with the healing process.

• Under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Clients under the influence of drugs and alcohol cannot be treated, as they may feel dizzy and nauseous.

• Pediculosis (head lice). Highly contagious. No treatment should be performed.

• Arthritis/osteoporosis in treatment area (especially in the neck).

• Cancer. So far the idea that massage would cause the spread of cancer cells was widely promoted. Even though it is now acknowledged, that any form of massage will not spread cancer, and cancer charities are now offering cancer patients much more in the way of comfort with the use of complementary medicine, you will need to have consent from your medical practitioner. Massages while clients are actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment should be avoided, as the clients may be too unwell to tolerate treatment. In between courses of medical treatment you can be offered short light massage sessions, which will be beneficial in relaxation and supporting the immune system.

• Fever, diarrhoea or vomiting that day. No treatment should be performed. Due to the risk of spreading the infection.

• Cold sores. Highly contagious. Cross infection. No treatment should be performed.

• Conjunctivitis. Highly contagious. Cross infection. No treatment should be performed.

• Metal plates. Risk of aggravation and tissue damage.

• Medication. Clients on anti-hypertensive medication may be prone to postural hypotension and may feel lightheaded and dizzy after treatment.

• Undiagnosed lumps and bumps. High risk of aggravating the existing condition. No treatment should be performed.

• Severe circulatory problems. Seek medical advice before treatment, as the increased circulation may overburden the heart, or increase the risk of blood clots.

• Pregnancy (after 12 weeks is safe). No essential oils should be applied!

 

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