I have had an interesting experience. My left leg usually carries a lot of fluid from a previous ankle injury and a knee operation last June. Since this I have had a pocket of fluid under the knee on the shin and into the calf. Also my left ankle or cankle as they are now described!!! was very puffy on the medial ankle. On getting up this morning my left leg appears to have lost some fluid and appears to me to have reduced in size and looks much more like the size of my right leg. My leg in general feels much lighter and flexible. I know the focus of the treatment was the upper body but perhaps the treatment yesterday in moving the upper body lymph has encouraged the rest of the body to move also. I have had general reflexology before to try and make some impact on my leg but have not had such a significant result previously. It is definitely worth adapting the routine to encourage lymph drainage for other body parts.
During the treatment she could feel movement, like a wave of fluid, the pain disappeared and to the delight of everyone in the room so did swelling collected in the surrounding areas. It was fantastic for the group to witness the possibilities of RLD!
This client was the 'case-study' in the recent FHT article and as such has been receiving RLD since the research although only 2-3 times a year since taking part in the research (intervention phase January 2011). I have not seen her affected arm as swollen as it was prior to participating in the research.
She was so responsive to RLD during yesterdays session that I wonder if the benefits are cumulative?
Reflexology Lymph Drainage
RLD is a reflexology technique which stimulates specific lymphatic reflexes on the feet. Developed & researched by Sally Kay to help with the management of secondary lymphoedema in patients affected by treatment for breast cancer. Further research into RLD is planned and training days are available for reflexology practitioners.