Reflexology Lymph Drainage:  Training undertaken with Sally Kay


Reflexology Lymph Drainage is a ground breaking technique, which may be used to help reduce lymphoedema after treatment for breast cancer.  Early indications suggest that RLD may also be useful for clients with other (non cancer related) more common conditions, such as Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, auto immune conditions.

The aim is to stimulate the function of the lymphatic system and drain excess lymph from the damaged area.  This is done using a problem specific reflexology technique.  This is evidence based with research undertaken by Cardiff University, in conjunction with Sally Kay, Reflexologist.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with approximately 20% of patients developing secondary lymphoedema of the arm following treatment that includes surgery or radiotherapy to the axillary lymph nodes, and can impact on the quality of life of those patients.  Lymphoedema is defined as tissue swelling due to the failure of lymph drainage.  

The following article by Judith Anne Whatley and Sally Kay,  was published in the British Journal of Community Nursing (volume 25) on 8 October 2020:

Thermal imaging of breast cancer related lymphoedema

What is it about?

We used thermal imaging to track changes in lymphoedema of the arm after treatment for breast cancer.  Reflexology lymph drainage was used to help move and reduce retained fluid, whilst thermal imaging cameras recorded changes in temperature.


Why is it important?

A novel approach of reflexology lymph drainage was used which helps to gently move fluid without making contact with the arm, or sites of surgery.  Non invasive and accessible treatments are needed to help prevent build up of lymphoedema and maintain functioning of arm and shoulder post cancer treatment.  

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