Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage

Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage (RLD) a series of reflexology sequences which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. This technique has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. The aim of RLD is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body and it is an award winning reflexology technique.

I have received professional training in RLD by Sally Kay and incorporate it in most of my reflexology treatments.  It is a lovely flowing sequences which is easy to incorporate and blend with classical reflexology.

Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is used to help with lymphedema as well other conditions.  In a similar manner even reflexology lymphatic drainage can helpful with arthritis, asthma, eczema, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ME, sinus problems, migraines, headaches, muscular tension, menstrual syndrome, aches and pains.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK (2011), the lifetime risk of developing it in the UK is 1:8 for women and 1:1014 for men. Approximately 20% of these patients develop secondary lymphoedema of the arm following treatment for breast cancer.

Sally Kay wrote a paper on Use of reflexology in managing secondary lymphoedema for patients affected by treatments for breast cancer: A feasibility study The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of using of the RLD for the reduction of lymphedema, swelling of the arm following treatment for breast cancer.

The psychological effect of lymphedema is detrimental to the one’s peace of mind. Therefore any reductions and relief is much appreciated by the person going through this problem.  The findings of this study suggested that RLD may be helpful in the management of secondary lymphedema.  Together with the stress reduction and increased relaxation effect of reflexology RLD is a fantastic treatment for anyone experiencing secondary lymphedema as well as other treatments mentioned earlier.

Sally Kay wrote another paper in October 2015 called “Use of reflexology in managing secondary lymphoedema for patients affected by treatments for breast cancer: A feasibility study”. The findings from this case series of 26 women with breast cancer-related lymphoedema in one arm indiciated:

  • The volume of the swollen arm was significantly reduced following four reflexology treatments and the effect size was large.
  • The reduction in volume was maintained, on average, for over six months.
  • The concerns identified by the 26 participants were also significantly reduced from baseline to follow-up,
  • The participants perceived wellbeing increased, effect sizes were medium to large and there was some indication that the changes were clinically significant.

Click here to see a video by Sally Kay where she talks more about this technique and its benefits.