Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
RLD Reflexology Lymph Drainage is a scientifically proven and medically researched unique technique to treat and relieve symptoms of Secondary Lymphoedema which often follows surgery for breast cancer; in which the lymph nodes/vessels have been damaged by infection, radiation or removal. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, the lifetime risk is 1:8 and approx. 20% of patients develop Secondary Lymphoedema in the arm following surgery. RLD was pioneered at Cardiff Metropolitan University by Sally Kay BSc (Hons) whilst working in Cancer Care.
When lymph circulation becomes blocked from infection, surgery, radiation or damage fluid can collect causing swelling. In chronic oedema, swollen tissue will bulge out and cause puffiness causing patients to use compression sleeves or bandages. These can be extremely uncomfortable in heat, unsightly and need changing regularly to prevent further infection.
RLD mimics the effects of MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) however it is performed on the feet but has an overall effect within the whole body to alleviate swelling, pain, stiffness and skin fibrosis, associated with Lymphoedema and genetic Lipoedema. This technique is also used for boosting the Immune System and can be helpful to treat many other conditions as well as Lymphoedema including:-
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and ME, Lupus, Fibromyalgia
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS, Cystic Fibrosis
Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Coeliac Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid and Hashimoto’s Disease
Asthma, Eczema, Migraines/Headaches
Hayfever, Acute Rhinitis, Nasal and Sinus Congestion, Dry/Itchy Eyes
Dramatic results can often be witnessed within one treatment, but a course of 6-8
sessions is recommended.
RLD treatment benefits include:
Reduction of pain and severe discomfort
Significant reduction of swelling/fluid
Increase in arm or leg mobility
Improvement in strength to arm, hand or leg
Improved body image