Since lymphatic vessels are contractile, the possibility of a protective "vasospasm" must be examined. Lymphatic vessels, which are sensitive to inflammation and endotoxins can be stimulated to contract by the presence of these chemicals, narrowing the diameter of the lymphatic vessel which subsequently makes the lymphatic pump mechanism, less effective. This condition, called "lymphatic dysfunction," leads to fluid stasis and an accumulation of inflammatory chemicals in the involved tissues.
So what are the clinical signs of lymphatic dysfunction? Patients with lymphatic dysfunction typically present with chronic muscle pain (myalgia) or chronic inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis or bursitis. They may also suffer from other fluid-related conditions, such as chronic sinusitis, migrane headaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Patients diagnosed with Lymes disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome also typically present with a significant amount of lymphatic tender points.
Lymphatic Treatment Through Counterstrain
The Counterstrain approach to lymphatic treatment involves directly treating the lymphatic vessel wall when it presents with a diagnostic tender point indicating that the vessel wall or lymphangionis in a chronic state of contraction.
As with all Counterstrain treatments, we use passive shortening of the involved structure, in this case, a lymphatic vessel segment, to correct the vasospasm. Once successfully treated, the lymphatic segment's "pump mechanism" is restored, allowing the lymphatic system to function normally, cleaning the area of chemical irritants.
After receiving a lymphatic Counterstrain treatment, patients typically report immediate pain reduction. The treatment for hip bursitis, for example, literally drains the bursa of swelling which immediately improves the patient's hip mobility and his or her ability to lie on the affected side.
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