REFLEXOLOGY LYMPH DRAINAGE
The Lymphatic Helper
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) was primarily created to treat secondary lymphedema caused by breast cancer surgery.
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 1:870 for men. Approximately 20% of these patients develop secondary lymphoedema of the arm following treatment for breast cancer.
Lymphedema 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 Lymphedema 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 means that more people are living longer with Lymphedema, a debilitating side effect for which there is currently no cure. Lymphedema doesn't just affect cancer survivors, it can occur in anyone who has an infection, injury or trauma to the Lymphatic system.
An RLD treatment involves using a specific sequence to focus on stimulating the reflexes for the Lymphatic system which in turn will assist in the reduction of fluid build up. Fluid volume can be measured before and after treatment, as required, in order to assist clients to see changes in fluid volume.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage may not only be beneficial for those with Lymphedema, Lymphatic Drainage Massage (known as MLD) is used to treat conditions other than lymphedema, and RLD may be used similarly.
MLD may be useful with the following conditions:
Aches and pains
RLD techniques can be integrated into a standard reflexology routine tailored specifically for your needs.
After a treatment many clients report having less pain and discomfort as well as feeling less bloated,
more clear headed, having more energy and feeling calm and refreshed.
These improvements have been noted for days or even weeks after a treatment.
As with standard reflexology, it is recommended to start with a course of 6 treatments, once a week. Thereafter most clients find it beneficial to have monthly/6 weekly treatments as maintenance sessions.