I am excited to be able to offer RLD, 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 BSc (Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. The results appear to support the theory of reflexology.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. According to Cancer Research UK approximately 20% of patients will have lymphoedema of the arm after breast cancer treatment that includes surgery to remove lymph nodes or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes in the armpit.
Lymphoedema 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. Research suggests that survivors with lymphoedema are more likely to suffer psychological and emotional difficulties, be more disabled and experience a poorer quality of life than survivors without the condition. Improved breast cancer survival rates suggest that approximately 2:3 women survive the disease beyond 20 years. This mean that more people are living longer with this debilitating side effect for which there is currently no cure.
Lymphatic drainage massage (MLD) is used to treat conditions other than lymphoedema, and RLD may be used similarly. MLD may be useful for the following conditions: