RLD - Reflexology Lymph Drainage

What is RLD?

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RLD is an award winning Reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic system reflexes on the feet. Unlike our cardiovascular system, our lymphatics rely solely on bodily movement for the fluid to move. It plays a key role in our body's immune system, so targeting the key areas of the feet corresponding to the lymphatics, while also focusing on the area of concern, is a very effective way of stimulating the body's own response to reduce swelling, clear out toxins and blockages and boost our ability to fight infection.

It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc (Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care, and throughout her research she discovered that RLD had a significant effect on the reduction of swelling and the drainage of fluid with patients suffering with lymphoedema

What is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in tissues in the body and usually affects the arm or leg, although it can develop in any part of the body. It is due to a failure in the lymphatic system where normal lymph drainage cannot occur.

Primary Lymphoedema is a genetic condition affecting the development of the lymphatic system and can develop at any age although usually starts in infancy, adolescence or early adulthood.

Secondary Lymphoedema is caused by damage to the lymphatic system / lymph nodes or problems with the drainage of fluid. It can be as a result of injury, infection, inflammation of the  limb, lack of limb movement or cancer surgery.

What can Reflexology Lymph Drainage help with?

RLD is not only for those going through cancer treatment or with swelling of the limbs, it is a therapy that is used to boost the lymphatic system. People who may feel sluggish, lethargic and find it difficult to get going in the morning can use RLD to help them feel more energised.

RLD is used similarly to MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) and is proving to be effective in conditions such as:

• Autoimmune disorders
• Arthritis
• Asthma
• Chronic Fatigue
• Inflammatory Conditions
• Migraines / Headaches
• MS
• Oedema
• Post operative recovery
• Sinus problems


What can I expect from my RLD treatment?

The treatment will last approx 1hr.

Your first visit will be a little longer as it will include a consultation where we'll have a chat about your medical history and general health. This helps in the planning of your treatment which is tailored to suit your individual needs.

If you have primary or secondary lymphoedema, we will begin by taking a few measurements of the affected, swollen limb with a tape measure and record the volume of fluid.

The RLD treatment then takes place on the feet (or hands) and the limb is re-measured. This way, we can see and accurately track the difference in fluid volume. This is particularly useful to assess the progression of and improvement in a clients condition over time.

+ Some normal reactions you may feel:

  • perspiration of hands or feet
  • feeling light headed
  • sensation of being cold
  • coughing
  • laughing / crying
  • increased thirst
  • disappearance of all pain / discomfort

+ Aftercare Advice:

To ensure you get the full benefits of your treatment, it is recommended that you carry out the following for 24 hours following treatment:

  • Drink plenty of water as this will help hydrate the body, flush out toxins and improve energy levels.
  • Try to rest for a couple of hours following treatment and avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day as this will help the treatment work to it's full potential.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as these are stimulants and will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Eat a light and healthy diet to allow your body to put its energy into healing.
  • Make a note of any reactions you experience for your next appointment.

If you have any questions or want to discuss any reactions you are have, please feel free to call me. It is important to remember that any reactions that you experience are a positive sign that your body is responding to treatment.

+ How often should I have a treatment?

After just one treatment, clients can experience an immediate release of tension and heaviness, and in the area of Edema and you can often see the difference in swelling.

However, a series of 4-5 RLD treatments, will record the greatest difference and improvement in feeling and condition of the affected area.
Clients report an overwhelming feeling of well being and the treatments will start to have a longer lasting effect over time.

+ Disclaimer

RLD is not a substitute for medical treatment nor is it a diagmostic system. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.

Please note, contra indications of RLD are DVT, cellulitis, unstable heart conditions and kidney failure.