Reflexology Lymph Drainage
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an award winning reflexology technique focussed on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet to bring about a positive change in the lymphatic system of the body. The technique was researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc (Hons) through clinical practice in Cancer Care to relieve the symptoms of Lymphoedema. You can read more about the current research on Sally Kay’s website www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk.
Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues. The lymphatic system is a network of channels and glands throughout the body that help fight infection and remove excess fluid.
The main symptom of lymphoedema is swelling in all or part of a limb or another part of the body. The swelling may also cause an aching, heavy feeling in the affected part of the body and the skin may feel hard and tight. Movement can therefore often be restricted and the skin may be more prone to infections. There are two main types of lymphoedema:
Primary lymphoedema – caused by faulty genes that affect the development of the lymphatic system. It can develop at any age, but usually starts during infancy, adolescence, or early adulthood
Secondary lymphoedema – caused by damage to the lymphatic system or problems with the movement and drainage of fluid in the lymphatic system. It can be the result of an infection, injury, cancer treatment, inflammation of the limb, or a lack of limb movement.
RLD can be given on the hands or the feet, either as a shorter standalone treatment or incorporated into a longer session. It’s a gentle, non-invasive and calming technique which is designed to mirror the techniques and effects of Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage (MLD) by applying pressure to the reflexes of the feet or hands.
As MLD is used for conditions other than lymphoedema, similarly, RLD can be used to relieve symptoms of these conditions too:
- Chronic fatigue
- Sinus problems
- Muscular tension
- Aches and pains
- Premenstrual Syndrome