Contraindications for Reflexology

Contraindications for Reflexology

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.

However, if you are uncertain about any of the conditions below which may restrict treatment please contact Tania Chew 07753 751864 at Simple Foot Solutions for clarification.

It may be possible for the therapist to work around some of the areas e.g. cuts, grazes, bruises, verrucas by covering these areas with a dressing.


  • 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)
  • Undesirable characters
  • 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 verruaes
  • 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, parkinsons disease, motor neurone disease

References: The above information has been provided by The York School of Complementary Medicine and Medi Spa UK
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