Myofascial Release Therapy Contraindications
YBR contraindications for specific conditions
- People with lumbar or thoracic disk herniations should not begin with back routines. They should start in the front of the body, with abdominal and chest routines. When ready, one should roll above and below the herniation but never directly on it or through it.
- Never roll directly into or put direct pressure on an area where there is heat, inflammation or a pinched nerve. Roll above and below the area to create space that will allow the pressure to release.
- Pregnant women should not do any abdominal work. They can do the back, sideline, legs, feet, hands. They should refrain from using the Foot Savers, unless they have ample prior experience. Otherwise, pregnant women should use only the Foot Wakers.
- People with bone cancer should not do YBR at all.
- People who have had localized radiation therapy should not do any YBR work in the areas that have been treated for several months. They should begin YBR only by working with a certified YBR practitioner and only with medical clearance.
- Anyone taking a medication that alters bone and soft tissue must use the yellow ball. The red/silver ball and even the green ball can sink too deeply into tendon and injure it. These medications include: cortisone; prednisone, and other steroids; blood thinners; cholesterol-lowering drugs; and blood pressure-lowering drugs.
- People should wait at least three months after surgery before rolling area that’s healing.