Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD)
RLD is an award winning reflexology technique that focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet with the aim of causing an effect on the body's lymphatic system. The unique sequence was researched and developed by Sally Kay whilst she worked in cancer care alongside breast cancer survivors who were suffering secondary lymphoedema following their cancer treatment. The treatment was found to help reduce the fluid around the affected limb and thus reduce the swelling, helping to improve comfort levels and quality of life.
The estimated lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK is 1 in 7 (15%) for females born after 1960 and about 1 in 5 people will have lymphoedema of the arm after breast cancer treatment. Cancer treatment can affect the complex lymphatic system drainage channels so that fluid does not drain away and 'pools' in the limb causing swelling which can be painful, uncomfortable and affects the sufferers body image. Currently there is no cure for lympoedema, only ways of managing it. RLD can be used to help and the results are amazing and measurable. This case study shows the results over 12 treatments RLD case study
The results can be amazing and I incorporate elements of the sequence into each reflexology treatment I give. Most results appear swiftly, often during the course of a treatment and clients report that they are longer lasting than their traditional methods of treatment. One major advantage over conventional treatment is that patients are fully clothed and the treatment itself is incredibly relaxing. I recommend a course of weekly or fortnightly treatments initially and often only monthly treatments are needed as results often last longer than other holistic methods.
This short video explains a bit more about RLD
What other conditions can RLD support?
RLD may also be used to alleviate symptoms associated with many other conditions that MLD can also treat. It appears to be particularly beneficial for people with auto immune conditions.
- Chronic fatigue
- Migraines and Headaches
- Sinus problems
It can also help with pregnancy related swelling (however please check with midwife first to rule out pre-eclampsia as a cause) and also post operative swelling.
If you would like to read more about this treatment and its history please click here