Negative Effects and Risk of Raindrop Therapy
Raindrop therapy is regarded as a type of aromatherapy which makes good use of the healing advantages of herbs in their extracted form along with the massage therapy. The technique of using essential oils is an ancient old practice of the Egyptians many centuries ago.
The scented oils contain both vitamins and minerals that can help in boosting the immune system of the patient. They are also beneficial when it comes to treating the physical and emotional conditions of the body due to their many healing properties. Some of these oils are anti septic, analgesic, anti viral, anti microbial, antibacterial, anti parasitic, anti inflammatory, anti fungal, anti oxidant and many more. Because of these beneficial properties, essential oils have garnered too much spotlight and popularity that is why many types of massage therapy have incorporated them with their techniques.
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Raindrop therapy also includes risks, contraindications and side effects on the patient. Several reports regarding the practice of this therapy pointed out the high level of risk with the use of undiluted essential oils. These special oils should be used at their proper diluted level in order to avoid medical problems on the patient. There are nine different types of essential oils used in raindrop therapy. Although many people perceive them as natural and safe, they can be as harmful as chemical products when used incorrectly and on larger doses. There is a standard level of dilution level for each type of oils. In the case of this aromatherapy, it uses the undiluted form directly on the skin of the patient. Although the practice of the therapy only uses few drops with each oil, the concentration of the oil can be toxic to the skin which causes irritation and allergies that can worsen depending on the type of skin the patient have. Pregnant patients who are planning on trying this aroma therapeutic massage should consider going to their doctors as most of the oils used during the therapy should not be used during pregnancy.
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Only Trained Professionals Should Perform Raindrop Therapy
The practice of raindrop therapy without the formal schooling should be avoided at it poses too much risk on the patient. The bodywork which focuses on the spine of the patient is not something of light concern. The spine is regarded as the foundation of the upper body and should not take any damage as it may affect many parts of the body including the brain. Wrong manipulation of the spine may result to the body being paralyzed. Incorrect therapy can also worsen the poor posture of the patient in some cases. In addition to that, there are groups that are condoning the use of raindrop therapy as it has more risks than benefits.
Several studies were conducted regarding the benefits and effects of the massage therapy aside from the use of undiluted essential oils. The results were of no significant value to the progress of the patient being treated. Contradicting to the claim that it can improve posture and help individuals with paraspinal conditions, the therapist doesn't have the educational background and ability to perform such therapy.