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Lymphatic System

Lymphatic System

30 minutes session

  • Consultation
    $85
  • MLD Massage
    $63

45 minutes session

  • MLD Massage
    $78.75
  • FSM Massage
    $110.25

60 minutes session

  • MLD Massage
    $105.00
  • FSM Massage
    $136.50
  • CDT Massage
    $115.50

75 minutes session

  • MLD Massage
    $131.25
  • CDT Massage
    $147.00

90 minutes session

  • MLD Massage
    $147.00
  • CDT Massage
    $162.75

120 minutes session

  • MLD Massage
    $189.00
  • CDT Massage
    $183.75

Lymphatic System

Lymphatic Anatomy

This section provides a brief overview of the anatomy of the lymphatic system, along with a few diagrams to provide some understanding of this important system in our body.  The copyrighted historical images utilized in this section are courtesy of the Dr. Vodder Schule, Austria.Instep Physical Therapy Get Instep with your active lifestyle

The lymphatic system begins with delicate lymph vessels called angions, located in the top two layers of the skin. These vessels constitute 60% of the lymphatic system. Lymph angions are composed of a single layer of endothelial cells secured to connective tissue by collagen fibers to hold them in place. Angions are a ‘swinging flap valve’ that can move inward and outward with the flow of fluid. Once the fluid has entered the lymph angion the pressure of the fluid opens a lobed value allowing the lymph fluid to enter a pre-collector vessel. The pre-collectors then connect to larger collector vessels and move the fluid to regional lymph nodes.

Lymphatic pre-collectors and collectors are larger vessels than the angions with a similar wall structure to a vein, although the walls are thinner than that of a vein. Both the pre-collectors and collectors are wrapped with smooth muscle fibers which contract rhythmically at a rate of 5 – 10 beats per minute. This contraction moves lymph fluid along the vessels to the lymph nodes.

Instep Physical Therapy Get Instep with your active lifestyleLymphatic collectors move fluid through a series of lymph nodes on the way to the subclavian vein.

Several lymph collectors can enter a single node although only one or two collectors exit each node. The lymph collectors enter and exit the node in the same location as the artery and vein that feeds the lymph node.

The lymph node itself is made up of sinuses filled with immunological cells, such as lymphocytes and macrophages, that both identify and eliminate viruses, bacteria, cell debris, cancer cells, and other foreign substances that invade our body.

Each area of our body constitutes a different watershed. Each watershed drains to a particular region of lymph nodes. After the lymph fluid passes through these nodes it enters larger lymphatic trunks deep within the body. Ultimately, after travelling through the lymphatic trunks the lymph fluid empties into the subclavian vein at the base of the neck.

Lymphatic Physiology

The lymphatic system is a separate and distinct system in the body structured for the purpose of transporting filtered fluid and suspended material back to the venous side of the vascular system.  This is performed through a series of lymph vessels and nodes. Although the lymphatic system transports fluid to the circulatory system it is unlike the circulatory system in that it only moves fluid in one direction.

It is also important to note that the lymphatic system not only carry lymph fluid it also carries metabolic waste, inflammatory agents, dead cell particles, large proteins, and fat molecules away from the interstitial areas. In layman’s terms it is basically “the sewer system of the body”.

Lymph fluid is a clear, colorless fluid originating in the tissue spaces as interstitial fluid. It is made up of various proteins, living and non-living particles, large fatty acids (protein), and fluid. In fact the only difference between interstitial fluid and lymph fluid is where it is located. If it is in the interstitial space it is called interstitial fluid; if it is in the lymphatic system it is called lymph fluid.

The initial lymphatic vessels are called lymph angions and are located in the top two layers of the skin. Lymph angions collect lymph fluid from the interstitial space within our tissue. The lymph is transported from the initial lymph vessels by pre-collector and collector lymphatic vessels. These segments contain lymph valves to prevent the backflow of fluid, and are wrapped with smooth muscles to move the lymph forward through the lymphatic system.

As lymph fluid passes from one region of the body to the next it moves through regional lymph nodes where cells, microorganisms, and tissue debris are filtered out of the fluid. Antigens (foreign bodies) are also identified and destroyed by immune cells in the lymph nodes. The lymph fluid then collects in lymphatic trunks and enters the bloodstream in the subclavian vein, just before the venous arch above the heart.Instep Physical Therapy Get Instep with your active lifestyle

The lymphatic system typically dumps one to two litres of lymph fluid into the subclavian vein every 24 hours. This amount can be increased to 10 times normal levels during an MLD session, prior to tapering back to the normal levels within a 24 – 36 hour period.

Once the lymph fluid enters the subclavian vein it mingles with the blood and passes through the kidney. In the kidney the large proteins are removed and the waste fluid and material is dumped into the bladder and subsequently urinated from the body.

A variety of mechanisms move the lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels. While smooth muscle wraps the pre-collectors and collectors and can contract rhythmically to move the fluid along the vessels, a number of other factors also contribute. Changes in intra-thoracic pressure during diaphragmatic breathing creates what is known as a Venturi effect to draw lymph fluid through the vessels. In addition, as the lymph vessels are situated close to arterial blood vessels, arterial tension and contraction promotes lymph flow, as does muscular contraction from gentle exercise.

It is critical to our health for the lymphatic system to function properly as it is the transportation component of the immune system. If the lymphatic pathways become congested, damaged or blocked, or lymph nodes are removed or irradiated, lymphatic fluid, wastes and proteins build up in the tissue. As more and more large proteins reside in the tissue, without the lymphatic system to remove them, the colloid osmotic pressure in the tissue increases and more fluid filters from the vascular system into the interstitial area. Thus a protein rich edema called lymphedema forms.

The volume of the lymph fluid in the tissue depends on a number of factors acting on three elements described by the Starling Equilibrium. The three elements that impact this fluid equilibrium in the body include: the hydrostatic pressure within the vascular system, the colloid osmotic pressure relationship between the vascular system and the interstitial region, and the permeability of the blood capillaries.

These three elements can be affected by such factors as blood pressure, particularly venous pressure, the protein concentration level in either the blood or the interstitial area, which can change the osmotic relationship across the vascular membrane, and inflammation and edema which increases vascular permeability.

In order for the lymphatic load to be handled by the lymphatic system, the lymphatic system must be healthy and the elements described by the Starling Equilibrium must be in balance. Any disturbance to the lymphatic system or imbalance in the fluid equilibrium will result in the formation of edema in the region.

Gail Matheson, PhD
Gail Matheson, PhD
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I’ve been going to see Lee Saunders for several years for massage thèrepy and he is the best there is. Hands down (so to speak). Salutaris is a very comfortable, clean and welcoming environment. Prices are competitive. Salutaris (and Lee) are well worth visiting.
Julie Barnett
Julie Barnett
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The most impressive thing about Salutaris is that massage is not just a physical, one dimensional activity. At the clinic, massage is a molding and a healing, a bringing back together of body, mind and soul. I see the goal as wanting to return these three to perfect harmony. I have had a few other massage therapists who are very adept at massage therapy. I have never left feeling as whole as when I leave Salutaris.
Dr. Michael Taciuk
Dr. Michael Taciuk
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I had hip resurfacing done – it’s called the Birmingham procedure – on my right hip. I went for Manual Lymph Drainage treatment to see if it would help my recovery. And it did. I was treated very professionally, but also very gently. I felt comfortable and confident that this was the right place for me to be. And the treatment worked. It made me feel better and certainly helped me recover from surgery more quickly.
Bob MacDonald
Bob MacDonald
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I had surgery on my knees. The pain was so intense that people told me it hurt to watch me walk. I knew a little about lymphatic drainage, and thought it might help after surgery. It did. It was fantastic. I could literally see the swelling go down. The therapist drained the equivalent of a bottle of wine in a week. I healed much quicker. The surgeon was amazed I could return to my job, running up and down steel ladders. I’d been terrified I wouldn’t be able to work there again.
Myron Penner
Myron Penner
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“When I first came to Salutaris, I was very skeptical of the MLD technique – but was desperate and willing to try anything. My hip and lower legs were agony from an inflamed disc. I tried other forms of massage and acupuncture but nothing was effective. Since I started MLD and massage therapy at Salutaris I’ve got consistently better. I’m now sleeping through the night and am almost completely off pain medication. As a sufferer of chronic low-back pain, I’ve found this has been the most effective treatment by far.”
Cruise Dleifsnam
Cruise Dleifsnam
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Highly recommend. Nice secretary and they served me well. Felt way better leaving. Her husband had a concussion like me but worse. We had a good talk for like 10 minutes over the phone. So nice of her to take that little extra time and have a great customer bond like that. They truly care about their clients. Give them Your business. Will be seeing you again one day.
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45 minutes session

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60 minutes session

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90 minutes session

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