Reflexology Lymph Drainage
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
RLD is a ground breaking treatment that is piorineered by Sally Kay. Sally developed this technique whilst working in various outpatient Cancer Clinics. Many patients who had suffered from cancer (specifically Breast Cancer) experience secondary Lymphoedema which included swollen limbs (mainly arms and legs), pain in shoulders, under the arms which lead to weakness and reduced movement. During Sally’s work, she developed a Reflexology protocol which focuses on specific reflexes on the feet that work on the lymphatic system (part of the Immune system) to enable the lymph fluid to move around the body and therefore reduce swelling. Her treatment was so successful, that she started to take measurements of the swollen limbs before and after treatments which proved you could instantly see a reduction in swelling, even after the first treatment.
RLD can help with a number of conditions, especially:-
Cancer patients who are / have gone through chemotherapy / Radiotherapy
Patients who have had their Lymph Nodes removed
Patients who suffer from Autoimmune conditions
Post operative (swelling following surgery)
Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
Inflammatory diseases where swelling occurs
People who suffer from Lymphoedema / secondary Lymphoedema or any type of limb swelling, not only have the physical restrictions which this causes but also the emotional feelings to deal with. This can affect how someone goes about their day to day life, can impact ones confidence and seems like a constant reminder of a condition they have been though / suffering from.
A RLD treatment will consist of the following:-
A full medical consultation will take place so that I can understand the condition that you are suffering from. This is important as I need to fully understand why you have Lymphoedema so that I can develop the correct treatment plan for you.
Limb Volume Circumferential Measurements (LVCM) will be taken of both the swollen limb and the non swollen limb and recorded prior to the treatment.
The RLD treatment will take place which is where I work on the specific RLD reflexes in the feet to stimulate the areas of the body to help drain the lymph fluid around the body.
Following the treatment further LVCM will be taken and recorded. You should be able to see the difference in swelling, even after the first treatment.
After the first treatment, I will be able to have a clearer idea as to how many treatments you will need to reduce the swelling as much as is possible.
Regular LVCM will be taken so that you can constantly see the improvements being made.
Each treatment will last approximately 45 minutes, but you should allow 60 minutes for the initial consultation.
I find this treatment extremely exciting and the results speak for themselves!
Comments from Sally Kay’s patients include:-
“I feel like I’ve got my arm back”
“I feel normal again”
“I can make a fist”
“ I feel good about myself and it has helped my confidence. The sleeves on my clothes feel looser”
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology, also known as Zone Therapy is an ancient holistic therapy that dates back to around 3,000 BC. The feet have over 7,000 nerve endings and these map via the nervous system to different organs and glands of the body Reflexology is a technique of applying pressure to the various reflexes on the feet, hands and face to stimulate nerve channels. the result of a treatment is to restore balance and well-being throughout the body.
What conditions can Reflexology help?
Reflexology is an amazing Alternative Therapy that can help with a wide range of health problems including:
- Anxiety & Depression
- Poor sleep patterns
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid)
- High Blood Pressure
- Stomach conditions such as IBS
- Frozen Shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Skin disorders (Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema and Psoriasis)
What do I need to wear to a Reflexology treatment?
Something comfy and cosy. I will need to have access to your feet, ankles and lower legs so preferably tracksuit bottoms or leggings that can be rolled up.
What is involved in a Reflexology treatment?
Our session will start with a 15 minute health consultation which involves a series of questions about your health, diet and lifestyle. The purpose of this is so that I can understand any medical conditions that you have and tailor make our treatment to enable you to have the best treatment outcome. After the consultation, you will recline in my Reflexology chair (a Lafuma) and I will cover you with a blanket so that you are completely comfortable. The treatment will then begin.
How will I feel after a Reflexology treatment?
After a Reflexology treatment you will feel very relaxed and sleepy. Reflexology sends most people into a state of deep relaxation and many people fall asleep during a treatment (this is perfectly normal). Your body heals itself when it is in this state and as I work on the different reflexes, energy channels are released enabling improved circulation and acid crystals to be broken down.
What should I do after a Reflexology treatment?
It is advised that for the next 24/48 hours you drink as much water as possible as this helps wash out toxins from the body which will have been released during the treatment.