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Venous and Lymphatic Counterstrain

The Venous and Lymphatic system is one of the most powerful systems to address during treatment. It is comprised of veins, which return deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs, and lymph vessels, which carry lymph fluid filled with our bodies waste products back to the heart.  

The Arterial system delivers oxygenated and nutrient filled blood to our tissues. Once our tissues have absorbed what they need, 90% of the fluid filled with excess nutrients and waste products are collected by the veins and transported back to the heart. When the veins are in a state of vasospasm, they cannot efficiently remove the blood causing a state of inflammation. Inflammation directly causes symptoms of pain due to inflammatory chemicals that excite our pain receptors. 

The other 10% of the fluid gets collected by the lymphatic vessels. This fluid (lymph) contains large protein molecules, viruses, toxins, and bacteria that can cause illness. As the lymph is pumped back towards the heart, it flows through lymph nodes, where the viruses, toxins, and bacteria get cleaned out by the immune system. Therefore, it is essential that the Venous and Lymphatic system be functionally efficiently to normalize our bodies circulatory and immune function and decrease pain.


Venous and Lymphatic dysfunction can be caused by:

  • Trauma: injuries, falls, surgeries

  • Postural strain: sitting all day at work

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Disease

Symptoms of Venous and Lymphatic dysfunction can include:

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Bursitis

  • Swelling, bruising, edema

  • Headaches, head/ear pressure, vertigo

  • Pain down your arms or legs

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, regular illness

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we can help! Call us now to schedule your Counterstrain evaluation.

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