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This treatment is exceptionally soothing and has been developed by Sally Kay during clinical practice at cancer care clinics in Wales. It focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body, create a space for lymph to drain away from areas of swelling (lymphoedema) around the body.
'Research published in 2018 showed beneficial outcomes for breast cancer sufferers. The study team found that reflexology was a useful treatment for lymphoedema after breast cancer surgery. It reduced swelling and pain in the affected arm and improved quality of life. 26 women took part in this small study. They all had a type of reflexology treatment called Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) once a week for about a month. All the women who took part said the sessions were very helpful.
The researchers measured the women’s arms before and after each session. In the final week of the study they didn’t have any reflexology treatment but they had their arms measured. The researchers also interviewed the women at the end of the study.
The main findings of the study were
Reflexology Lymph drainage may help with secondary lymphoedema.
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