Reflexology for Lymphatic Drainage
Reflexology for Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to affect a change on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique treatment that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. The results appear to support the theory of reflexology.
Lymphoedema is defined as 'tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage' - this could be due to the lymph nodes being removed as part of the treatment for cancer. After cancer treatment a person may experience psychological or emotional difficulties due to altered body image, and a swollen limb can exacerbate this. Research suggests that 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 the debilitating side effect a lymphodema for which there is currently no cure.
RLD is used for lymphodema in both the arms and legs and can have the same effect as Manaual Lymphatic Drainage massage (MLD) and similary is used to treat conditions other than lymphoedema. RLD may be very helpful with the following conditions: