Contraindications:

  • Blood thinners.
  • Acute conditions such as trauma to head or trunk.
  • Concussions.
    • Diagnosed – written release to normal activities from MD.
    • Undiagnosed – 3 weeks with no major symptoms. – Not counting headaches.
  • Acute intracranial hemorrhage.
  • Recent skull fracture.
  • Intracranial aneurysm or abdominal aortic aneurysm. -Above #2 classification.
  • Encephalitis or meningitis. (Active)
  • Brain tumors – malignant or benign. No C/S, No HNS soft tissue work.
  • Brain shunts. No C/S, No HNS soft tissue work.
  • Chiari – section of brain protruding through foramen magnum – levels 3 & 4 only
  • Detached retina. (wait 4 months after surgery & have written release to normal activities from doctor)
  • Large metal plates across sutures in head.
  • Pregnancy between 6-9 months, or at risk pregnancies.
  • Recent not fully healed major surgeries. (approx. 9 weeks/or written release from MD to normal life activities)
  • Unhealed puncture of dura = cortisone shots, epidurals, etc.
  • Active electrode at base of spine / occiput for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Wires from appliances going into cranium.
  • Dura not completely healed.
  • Stents in carotid artery.
  • Hemophilia.

Cautions:

  • Metal facial plates.
  • Facial surgeries.
  • Cranial metal plates and screws.
  • Sever or prolonged headaches should be evaluated by a physician. (could be symptoms of brain tumors or sever pathologies)
  • Recent healed major surgeries.
  • Pacemakers.
  • Spinal surgeries – cages, screws, etc. – see x-rays to make sure screws are not poking into dura.
  • Spinal Stimulators – No C/S if wires are placed into dura in spinal column.