Professionals in the medical field must establish certain boundaries and parameters for themselves. Patients come to healthcare professionals in a state of vulnerability, which is sometimes taken advantage of.
In cases where the treatments are successful, the patients may express an intense appreciation that could be misinterpreted as physical desire. Professional laws against sexual exploitation forbid improper client interactions, such as dating or taking gifts that are more expensive than they should be.
Moreover, all conversations should be framed by genuine care, respect, and compassion. Intervention is necessary when boundaries are broken, or there is a lack of mutual respect.