Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
Reflexology Lymph Drainage is an award winning reflexology technique that focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc (Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. The results of this technique are incredible.
Lymphoedema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage. After breast cancer, a person may experience psychological or emotional difficulties due to altered body image, and a swollen limb can exacerbate this. RLD was developed in hospital primarily to treat secondary lymphedema, and has shown outstanding results for reducing swelling significantly.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK (2011), the lifetime risk of developing it in the UK is 1:8 for women and 1:1014 for men. Approximately 20% of these patients develop secondary lymphoedema of the arm following treatment for breast cancer.
Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is used to treat conditions other than lymphedema, RLD may be used similarly.
MLD is useful in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- multiple sclerosis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- coeliac disease
- crohns disease
- post-operative recovery
- sinus problems
Reflexology Lymph Drainage is performed on the feet predominantly, but can be done on the hands if treatment cannot be done on the feet. Measurements maybe taken on the arms. This enables the volume of fluid held in each arm to be calculated, and compared before and after the treatment, and then compared with the non-swollen arm.
If you would like to look at the amazing research Sally Kay has developed, please click here.
If you feel RLD would be of benefit to you or if you would like more information, please get in touch.