Reflexology Lymph Drainage treatments now available at Improovu, 46 Carter Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8EU on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 5pm by appointment only.

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Reflexology Lymph Drainage

The award winning technique Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD) is an innovation of Sally Kay BSc (Hons) which centres on the stimulation of lymphatic reflexes in the feet. This technique was developed primarily to reduce secondary lymphoedema suffered by those affected by breast cancer treatment.


The most common cancer in the UK is breast cancer, the lifetime risk of developing it in this country is one in eight women and one in one thousand and fourteen men. Of these patients, approximately twenty per cent will develop secondary lymphoedema of the arm after they have received treatment for breast cancer (Cancer Research UK).

The failure of lymph drainage causes lymphoedema which is defined as the tissue swelling because of this. Psychological and emotional issues may be experienced due to the changed body image and can be exacerbated by a swollen limb. With the improvement of breast cancer survival rates where two out of three women are surviving the disease for twenty years or more, more people are living longer with this condition for which there is as of yet no cure.

Reflexology Lymph Drainage helps to encourage excess stagnant lymph fluid and toxins out of your system in order to cleanse and re-energise it.




A study done in 2012 by Kay, Whatley & Harris on the use of the RLD (reflexology lymphatic drainage) technique as a precision treatment for the reduction of lymphoedema, swelling of the arm following treatment for breast cancer.
Positive trends were observed on both outcome measures for all six participants who received Reflexology Lymph Drainage treatments. As a group, the results indicated a statistically significant reduction in arm volume, from baseline to follow-up. MYCaW mean profile scores from baseline to follow-up, also showed a significant improvement. The results were also supported by the qualitative data reported by participants.

Whatley, Street, Kay & Harris conducted a study in 2016 which indicated RLD may aid the management of secondary lymphoedema following breast cancer treatment. A reduction in arm volume was found and appeared to be maintained for six months. A significant decrease was also found in the participants concerns with wellbeing significantly increasing.

In 2018, Whatley, Street and Kay demonstrated that four main themes emerged which comprised of physical and psycho-social impacts of lymphoedema, experiences of physical change and the return of optimism. RLD treatment was considered pleasant and non-invasive and the reduction in swelling helped with pain and mobility. The main conclusion of this study was that participants perceived benefit on a physical and psychological level which helped with re-engagement with normal life.




Early indications show that Reflexology Lymph Drainage may aid other conditions such as inflammatory auto-immune disorders, premenstrual fluid retention and pregnancy. Click here to go to the RLD website.

Reflexology Lymph Drainage