A contraindication is a specific situation in which a drug, procedure, or surgery should NOT be used, because it may be harmful to the patient. (Medline Plus, 2008)
Though HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming utilizes drums not drugs, it is important to note that there may be circumstances where it is not appropriate. The ten-step protocol can be adapted for most any population within health care, education, corporations, and outreach contexts. However, because the ten-step protocol includes an imagery component, it is not recommended for use with psychotic populations.
* Psychiatric professionals have reported successful adaptation of the program for use with psychotic populations by simply eliminating the imagery component. However, we have not scientifically researched this adaptation.