What is the difference between contraindication and contra-action?

What is a contra-action and contraindication in beauty therapy?

It is very important to know the difference between contra-action and contraindication.

Contraindication – means you are not able to perform treatment or the treatment may be limited to certain areas of your body. However, Contra-action means conditions which may arise during the treatment which would indicate that the treatment must stop.

What does contraindication mean?

Contraindication is a specific situation in which the treatment should not be carried out due to harm and danger to a person’s health.

Client consultations are a crucial part of being in the professional beauty industry.

There are two types of contraindication:

  • Total – a treatment cannot be performed
  • Relative – a treatment cannot be performed on affected area only

Why is it important to check for contraindications?

Beauty and body treatments can hide a minefield of potentially damaging problems to the unsuspecting client, and at the end of the day it’s the Therapist’s responsibility to protect the client by ensuring the treatment booked is suitable for them.

Checking for contraindications prior to the treatment can easily prevent the possibility of a claim being made against you.

What is the difference between contraindication and contra-action? 1

What is the difference between contraindication and contra-action? 2

What is a contra action?

Contra-actions: These are conditions which may arise during the treatment which would indicate that the treatment must stop.

During a treatment be aware to any abnormal changes happening with the client. These changes can signal you should stop performing the treatment.

Contra actions examples.

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Profuse sweating
  • Restlessness and Irritability
  • Feeling faint
  • Abnormal Erythema
  • The area is becoming very hot and red
  • Stomach or any abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Bruising

If any of these conditions arise, remove any product and slowly place the client in the recovery position to allow the client to rest for 10 minutes or so.

Stay with the client until she or he feels better. Allow the client to sit up slowly and rest in this position. If there is still cause of concern seek medical advice.

In the conclusion

Important! Whatever you do, do not compromise on safety and precaution, unless a letter from a doctor has been provided.

I am sure you will find Salon Compass to be a great help and companion to various conditions that may come up during consultation, as well as the treatment itself.

And now its time to put theory in practice.

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