IMPORTANT MUST READ  – The below conditions are contraindications – medical advice is needed in order to proceed if these conditions apply to you as the treatment cannot be carried out.  Please discuss with your therapist and your doctor before proceeding.  In many instances a doctors note will be needed to perform the treatment.



 Abdominal Hernia
 Autonomic dysreflexia (occurs in spinal injuries at or above T6)
 Blood Thinners e.g. Warfin, Clopidogrel etc.
 Carcinoma of the colon or rectum
 Children under 16 years without a GP’s/medical specialist written referral and a guardian present at all times
 Colitis
 Congestive heart disease
 Diverticulitis
 Fistula
 Hypertension –severe or uncontrolled
 Active Inflammatory Bowel Disorders – Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, Colitis and Diverticulitis, Inflamed haemorrhoids
 Pregnancy
 Rectal bleeding
 Radiotherapy of abdominal area not discharged from medical care
 Severe Anaemia – Risk of fainting
 Renal insufficiency
 Severe persistent diarrhoea
 Long term use of oral or injectable steroids – more than 6 months


The following timelines given post-surgery are deliberately conservative and could be less with the written support of a Medical Specialist

 Recent surgery of colon or rectum (less than 26 weeks)
 Recent bowel biopsy (Less than 12 weeks)
 Recent prostate biopsy made through the bowel (less than 12 weeks)
 Recent abdominal surgery e.g. hysterectomy (less than 26 weeks)
 Recent Laparoscopy (less than 6 weeks)


The following are industry agreed relative contra-indications.   

The suitability of the treatment remains specific to the individual and must be assessed by a professional Colonic Hydrotherapist,

 Anal tear and haemorrhoid(s) if Digital Rectal Examination reveals potential intolerance
to speculum
 Chemo-therapy and cancer treatments known to cause inflammation, infections, anaemia and general weakness – Colon Hydrotherapists should work with the medical team
 Controlled hypertension and a prescription for diuretics
 Debilitating heart, liver and kidney diseases manifesting pain and weakness
 Diabetes – Risk of Hypoglycaemia; client advice should be given in preparation for treatment
 Diverticulosis within 3 months of episode of diverticulitis
 Highly anxious, stressed or emotional
 Hypotension
 Fissure
 Inflammatory Bowel Disorders in remission for a minimum of 6 months
 Long term Oral or Rectal Steroid – Risk of reduced bowel integrity
 Recent (within 6 months) hip/knee joint surgery will need to establish mobility and if client can lie on their left side.
 Severe underweight or Eating Disorders
 Tight Sphincter


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