Reflexology Lymph Drainage - or RLD, is a specialist method of Reflexology, targeted to maximise the function of the lymphatic system, an integral part of the immune system. Without it, we would not be able to rid our bodies of waste products and disease causing organisms. It is absolutely essential that the lymphatic system is working at its absolute optimum for us to be healthy. Reflexology Lymph Drainage works directly with the lymphatic system to maintain optimal function and super charge the immune system.
I am so proud that I could eventually train with the inspirational, award winning developer of this wonderful modality, Sally Kay. I have been on the waiting list for over 2 years to do this course, such is the reputation, popularity and effectiveness of RLD.
Sally developed RLD when studying for her degree in complementary therapies and, working with Reflexology on breast cancer patients with secondary lymphoedema. Her research for her dissertation progressed into NHS research and now there are evidence based studies and peer reviewed research, into the effectiveness of RLD on reducing post breast cancer secondary lymphoedema.
A healthy lymphatic system is reliant on the continuous, dynamic flow of lymph fluid through the vessels - to ensure optimal removal of disease causing organisms from our system. Without this healthy flow, the immune system is compromised and illness will occur.
We need to do everything in our power to understand how we can help ourselves to keep us healthy - Good breathing techniques, healthy sleep practices, hydration, diet and exercise are all essential in maintaining a healthy immune system - as well as therapy modalities such as Reflexology Lymph Drainage.
Breast Cancer related Secondary Lymphoedema
RLD works on the lymphatic system of the body, through the feet and the hands to relieve swelling in the body tissue where there is a collection of fluid that cannot drain away.
In the case of breast cancer related secondary lymphoedema, the tissue fluid is unable to drain away causing swelling in the arm(s). Massage - or manual lymph drainage (MLD) can be used to dissipate the fluid and, RLD works successfully on the same basis, but through the feet or hands. There is no conventional treatment for lymphoedema other than management techniques, such as multi-layer lymphoedema bandaging, so RLD is a welcome and recognised complementary therapy that can really help the client to manage the physical and psychological effects of the condition.
Secondary lymphoedema can cause immense physical and psychological issues for the client. Apart from the cancer itself and the gruelling treatment, the lymphoedema can leave the client feeling in pain and disfigured, alongside huge loss of confidence and self esteem due to altered body image and, can result in the client withdrawing from life. It is debilitating condition, but one that can be managed.
How can Reflexology Lymph Drainage Work?
Lymphoedema can, however, often been seen in the legs, ankles, hands, feet, the face or the abdomen - anywhere, where there is a build up of fluid that cannot drain. RLD can also help in any of these cases and return the area to a "more normal" size. This can have an effect on the clothes or shoes that you wear and, how you feel and look, as well as a return to a normal functioning.
Clients that can be supported by the application of Reflexology Lymph Drainage include those struggling with:
In fact, due to the immune boosting effects of RLD, anyone who is struggling with chronic stress, where the immune system has been compromised, will benefit from RLD.
RLD is a very gentle and therapeutic treatment, with extremely profound effects on your health, confidence and self-esteem. There are a few contra-indications which is why a consultation is needed, but very few. It is suitable for most people and, can be supremely life - changing to peoples lives as they return to their "new normal".
To look at Sally Kay's exciting research on Breast Cancer related Secondary Lymphoedema, please click here