Reflexology Lymph Drainage is a technique which has been created by Sally Kay and unlike a lot of other complementary therapies, it has been tried and tested in a university research setting. To see more about the research undertaken, please visit this website. https://www.reflexologylymphdrainage.co.uk/research.html.
It was primarily designed to assist and to support lymphedema patients, in many cases visibly reducing the amount of the fluid in the arm or leg. Lymphedema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage. After breast cancer a person may experience psychological or emotional difficulties due to altered body image, and a swollen limb can exacerbate this. 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. This is where Reflexology Lymph Drainage could potentially help.
RLD can also be used effectively for a myriad of other conditions, especially conditions which are inflammatory in nature, including;
Fibromyalgia; Arthritis; Asthma; Eczema; Oedema (swelling of joints); Chronic fatigue; ME; Sinus problems; Migraines; Headaches; Muscular tension; Aches and pains and Premenstrual Syndrome.
With RLD, you can either have it as a stand alone treatment, which is what is recommended for clients with any form of lymphedema or alternatively it can easily be integrated into a standard reflexology session.
For clients with lymphedema ,there is the option to measure the area before and after if you would like to see for yourself any changes in volume, but this is totally up to the client.
I am so excited to bring this amazing technique into my therapy room, it’s been a long time coming!