Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)

Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is a gentle form of foot reflexology developed by Sally Kay through extensive clinical practice and research studies. This innovative technique aims to stimulate the function of the lymphatic system and drain excess fluid.

Lymphoedema is a long-term chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues due to a problem with the lymphatic system. This is a network of vessels and glands distributed throughout the body. Its major functions are helping to fight infection and to drain excess fluid from tissues.

Abnormal development of the lymphatic system, damage to it, and/or increase in fluid in the body tissues can all lead to lymphoedema. There are two main types of lymphoedema:

  • Primary lymphoedema – caused by faulty genes affecting the development of the lymphatic system; it can develop at any age, but usually occurs in early adulthood.
  • Secondary lymphoedema – caused by damage to the lymphatic system or problems with the movement and drainage of the fluid in the lymphatic system, often due to infection, injury, removal of lymph nodes, inflammation of the limb or lack of limb movement.

There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it may be possible to control the main symptoms using techniques to minimise fluid build-up and stimulate the flow of fluid through the lymphatic system. These include wearing compression garments, taking good care of your skin, moving and exercising regularly, having a healthy diet and lifestyle and using specialised massage techniques such as Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) and Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)

The photo below shows my client who presented with stage one primary bilateral lymphoedema. After 5 weekly treatments the swelling has decreased, and my client says that she “feels lighter”. The treatment is not a cure, but it has helped her take control of the condition; she is now more motivated to continue with her healthy eating, some gentle exercise, self-massage between appointments and more importantly her self-esteem has increased.

RLD has attracted many national and international awards, if you would like to learn more about the history of RLD and the research press here

If this sounds like a treatment you'd like to try then please get in touch.