Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an award winning Reflexology technique which 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 outpatient clinics using Reflexology for patients suffering from all kinds of cancers at all stages of the disease. Many of the patients had been treated for breast cancer and consequently suffered secondary lymphoedema. Complaints relating to lymphoedema often included a swollen arm, painful shoulder, uncomfortable underarm swelling, weakness and problems with everyday living activities.
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in tissues in the body and usually affects the arm or leg
however it can develop in other parts of the body. It is due to a failure in the lymphatic system where normal lymph drainage cannot occur.
Primary Lymphoedema is caused by faulty genes affecting the development of the lymphatic system and can develop at any age although usually starts in infancy, adolescence or early adulthood.
Secondary Lymphoedemais is caused by damage to the lymphatic system, lymph nodes or problems with the drainage of fluid. It can be as a result of injury, infection, inflammation of the limb, lack of limb movement or cancer surgery.
RLD - Lymphoedema and Breast Cancer
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 and pproximately 20% of these patients develop secondary lymphoedema.
Research suggests that cancer survivors with lymphoedema are more likely to suffer psychological and emotional difficulties, be more disabled, and experience a poorer quality of life than survivors without the condition. Improved breast cancer survival rates suggest that approximately 2:3 women survive the disease beyond 20 years. This means that more people are living longer with this debilitating side effect for which there is currently no cure.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) may help to manage the symptoms as indicated from recent research. The research demonstrated that reflexology was a useful treatment for lymphoedema after breast cancer surgery. RLD reduced swelling and pain in the affected arm and improved quality of life. Results were statistically significant in reducing arm volume and improving life quality.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage may also be useful in the following conditions that typically respond well to MLD:
Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
Reflexology Lymph Drainage starts with taking volume measurements of the affected limb in order to determine volume change at the end of treatment however measurements are not a necessary requirement.
You remain fully clothed during your treatment.