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Conditions Requiring your Attention

Checklist of Conditions that Require Your Attention

As a member of the Irish Reflexologists’ Institute Ltd. (I.R.I.L.) I abide by the regulations set out for reflexologists in Ireland as agreed by the I.R.I.L. and the H.S.A. These regulations ensure best practice for professional conduct and treatment of clients by reflexology.

While reflexology is regarded as a safe and non-invasive therapy our regulations require you to get your doctors approval before starting reflexology treatment if you are being treated for certain conditions as outlined below.

In many cases your doctor will give approval for reflexology and you will need to state this during the consultation process. The same permissions are required for any medical doctor you are attending, including G.P., Consultants and Psychologists.

Conditions that Require Medical Permission Prior to Reflexology Treatment:

Heart ConditionsAsthma
Blood Clot (Thrombosis)Diabetes
High Blood PressureKidney Infections
Low Blood PressureCancer
Inflamed Veins (Phlebitis)Epilepsy
Pregnancy in the first trimesterNerve Pain (e.g. Sciatica)
Joint Disorders (Arthritis)Mental Health Conditions (e.g. Depression/Bipolar)

Along with the list of health conditions above there are a number of conditions that may prevent or restrict treatment. If any of the conditions listed below apply to you at the time of treatment you need to inform your therapist.

In some cases it will be advised to post-pone your treatment for example if you have a fever or flu symptoms and in other case such as (toenail) fungal infections the area affected can be covered or avoided during treatment.

Conditions that can restrict treatment:

Bruising / Swelling (localised)Under the influence of alcohol/drugs
Cuts / Open woundsFever or Vomiting
Varicose veinsDiarrhoea or Vomiting
Skin diseases (e.g. Sunburn/Psoriasis/Eczema)Contagious or infectious diseases (e.g. fungal/viral/bacterial)
ScarsRecent fracture (min. 3 months)

Conditions that Prevent Treatment:

As per COVID-19 safety measures, reflexology treatment is not permitted if any of the following apply to you at the time of your appointment.

  • You have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms now or 14 days previous to your treatment date.
  • You have been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days.
  • You are a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (i.e. less than 2m for more than 15 minutes accumulative in 1 day).
  • You travelled outside the Republic of Ireland in the 14 days prior to your appointment date.
  • You have been advised by a doctor to self-isolate or cocoon.

Even if the above do not apply to you on the day of treatment you may still be required to comply with COVID-19 safety measures to ensure the health of both you and your therapist and the wider community.