Lymphedema is an uncomfortable condition where fluid collects beneath the skin usually on the arms or legs, but also can be found on other parts of the body. Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised treatment which should only be performed by trained therapists. Treatment is not invasive (non surgical).
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Reflexology in the treatment of secondary lymphoedema
Breast cancer related lymphoedema can be extremely problematic in approximately 20% of patients who have undergone surgery. Lymphoedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid in the interstitial spaces and is caused by poor transportation and absorption through the lymphatic system back into the blood circulatory system, which creates excess fluid in the upper limb(s). Reflex Lymph Drainage is a relatively new evidence-based technique for alleviating lymphoedema in those people experiencing fullness and pain in their upper limbs following breast cancer treatments.
In 2012 a small research programme was undertaken at the Cardiff Metropolitan University to evaluate the effects of using manually applied lymphatic drainage techniques through the reflexes on the feet, with great results. A second, much larger study funded by the charity Tenovus in 2013 has replicated these results. I am therefore delighted to be able to offer Reflex Lymph Drainage to my own client base.