RLD – Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage
RLD is an award-winning technique that has been developed and researched by Sally Kay BSc(Hons) while working in Cancer Care.
This specialised reflexology treatment focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes in the feet to cause a positive effect on the lymphatic system in the body.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the U.K, with over 20% of breast cancer patients developing Lymphodema, a condition caused by a failure of the lymph system which causes swelling.
The psychological effects of having been through breast cancer and the altered body image that may have occurred are huge and having to deal with that along with a potential swollen limb and cause further emotional issues.
At the moment there are no cures for lymphodema so it is a condition that can only be managed.
Currently, through conventional medicine, the recommended treatment to help with lymphodema is MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage).
Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage works with the same principles of MLD and research is showing to be just as effective.
MLD is also recommended for:
A growing body of case studies also suggests that RLD may be useful for clients with non-cancer related, auto-immune disorders such as Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Migraines and many other inflammatory conditions. Further research into these areas are planned for the future.
What to expect at a treatment
As with all sessions, a consultation will be conducted before the treatment starts. Should we decide that you would be more suited to having a session of RLD, there are two possibilities depending on your condition.
Should you be having the RLD for a condition not relating to Lymphodema, your treatment time will be the same as a “standard” reflexology session.
If, however, you are having RLD to help with Lymphodema, your treatment time may be longer. In some cases, one foot will be worked twice and the other one once, which will extend the treatment time, and in some cases, we will measure the affected limb, before and after treatment, to establish how much fluid has been lost.
If you have any questions regarding this treatment, please feel free to contact me.