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Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

 "Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay, whilst working in Cancer Care. The results appear to support the theory of reflexology. "

From the RLD website

What is Lymphedema?

Definition of Lymphedema from the Mayo Clinic:

"Lymphedema refers to tissue swelling caused by an accumulation of protein-rich fluid that's usually drained through the body's lymphatic system. It most commonly affects the arms or legs, but can also occur in the chest wall, abdomen, neck and genitals.

Lymph nodes are an important part of your lymphatic system. Lymphedema can be caused by cancer treatments that remove or damage your lymph nodes. Any type of problem that blocks the drainage of lymph fluid can cause lymphedema.

Severe cases of lymphedema can affect the ability to move the affected limb, increase the risks of skin infections and sepsis, and can lead to skin changes and breakdown. Treatment may include compression bandages, massage, compression stockings, sequential pneumatic pumping, careful skin care and, rarely, surgery to remove swollen tissue or to create new drainage routes."

Symptoms of Lymphedema

Lymphedema signs and symptoms include:

  • Swelling of part or all of the arm or leg, including fingers or toes

  • A feeling of heaviness or tightness

  • Restricted range of motion

  • Recurring infections

  • Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)

Signs and symptoms can range from mild to severe. Lymphedema caused by cancer treatment may not occur until months or years after treatment.

From Mayo Clinic Website

How does RLD help?
  • RLD applies the principle of Massage Lymph Drainage to reflexes in the hands and feet.

  • The aim of RLD is to invoke the natural drainage function of the body, thereby reducing swelling

  • RLD can be used as  a stand alone treatment or incorporated into a reflexology session

  • RLD can help reduce symptoms of lymphedema

  • RLD can help improve the quality of life for persons living with Lymphedema