Body & Sole Poole are delighted to be able to offer Reflexology Lymph Drainage which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes of the feet. This award-winning non-invasive technique was researched and developed by Sally Kay BSDc(Hons) whilst working in Cancer Care.
Lymphoedema is thought to affect more than 200,000 people in the UK.
Primary lymphoedema is rare and is thought to affect around 1 in every 6,000 people.
Secondary lymphoedema is much more common and affects around 2 in 10 women with breast cancer, and 5 in 10 women with valval cancer.
- Primary lymphoedema is caused by alterations (mutations) in genes responsible for the development of the lymphatic system. The faulty gene causes the parts of the lymphatic system responsible for draining fluid to not work properly. Primary Lymphoedema often runs in families, although not every child born to someone with the condition will develop it themselves.
- Secondary lymphoedema develops in people who previously had a normal lymphatic
system that becomes damaged.
Some of the most common causes of this are:
- Surgery for cancer- remove sections of the lymphatic system.
- Radiotherapy needed to destroy cancerous cells in your lymphatic system could become permanently damaged and unable to drain properly.
- Infections such as cellulitis, can sometimes cause lymphoedema.
- Inflammation- medical conditions that cause tissue to become red and swollen can also permanently damage the lymphatic system.
- Venous diseases that affect the flow of blood through the veins can cause lymphoedema in some people.
- Trauma and Injury a small number of cases can be caused by accidental injury to the lymphatic system.
- Immobility – movement and exercise help lymph drainage because activity surrounding the lymphatic vessels massages fluid into and along them. Therefore, reduced movement can lead to lymphoedema.
- Obesity – is another possible cause of secondary lymphoedema.
The main symptom of lymphoedema is swelling in all or part of the limb or another body part. It can be difficult to fit into clothes and jewellery /watches could feel tight.
Other symptoms include:
- Aching, heavy feeling
- Difficulty with moving
- Repeated skin infections
- Hard, tight skin
- Folds developing in skin
- Fluid leaking through skin
- Wart-like growths developing on the skin.
There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it’s usually possible to control the main symptoms using techniques to minimise the build-up of fluid and stimulate the flow, these include wearing compression garments, taking good care of your skin, healthy diet and exercise and using specialised massage techniques.
How does RLD help?
The lymphatic system is connected to three other body systems: cardiovascular, digestive and immune system. The specific area of the feet has thousands of nerve endings that corresponds to other parts of the body. Stimulation of nerves supplying the feet can help improve blood and lymph circulation and restore energy flow.
RLD can help in a variety of ways that include:
- Reducing swelling
- Less pain and discomfort
- A feeling of improved body image
- Increase in the strength and mobility of the arm/leg
- Improvement in overall wellbeing.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage is so effective that I include RDL in my conventual reflexology treatments to:
- Boost immune system
- De-tox the body
- Increase energy
- Balance the body’s internal system
- Improve circulation
- Improve sleep
- Improve cognitive issues
- Ease pain due to inflammation
- Speed recovery
- Improve symptoms of IBS
RLD also helps reduce symptoms of other conditions which include:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Headaches and migraines
- Sinus problems