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Repetitive Strain Injury/Rectus Abdominis Spasms and Extreme Cramping


Elvis Rodriguez wrote at 2013-04-15 02:17:04
It seems to me like you have been harboring a grade 2 abdominal strain all these years, possibly grade 3. because of your constant activity, it looks like it hasn't been able to heal correctly yet. i would suggest going to get checked, and if it IS an abdominal muscle strain, I would go through the process of getting it healed. If you leave it unchecked, it could eventually develop into a hernia, and then you would need to get operated in  order to fix the problem.

I hope everything works out, good luck!

matt wrote at 2013-06-22 23:23:20
I have the exact same condition. Mine reminds me of the chest exploders in "alien" it rears its ugly head without cause. I've had it for atleast 3+years. I can't say its easy, currently its pretty constant. Walking for long periods of tiMe can stress it, that's without any lifting etc. It drives me nuts, and my doc says oh its ok, have some ibuprofen. You might as well use a plaster for all its going to do.

RS M wrote at 2014-03-17 15:03:32
That looks and sounds like a hernia. If so, you can't massage it out. He would need surgery to repair the torn abdominal muscle.

Julie Donnelly wrote at 2014-04-28 21:02:15
Sorry for the delay, I just found this comment.  

If you're having spasms in your abdominal muscles, try applying fingertip pressure to the exact point of the spasm. Hold it for 30 seconds, release and then press down again for 30 seconds.

If you go to you can take a look at each of the muscles that cause pain, in this case I would look at the muscles that cause low back and hip pain, as they are the same muscles that will cause abdominal pain.

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I can accept questions that relate to chronic or acute pain caused by muscle spasms and contractions. Repetitive Strain Injury is actually Cumulative Trauma to muscles. Releasing the spasm &/or contraction will relieve the strain that is felt at the insertion point on the bone. I am the co-developer of the unique safe-stretching program "Focused Flexibility Training," which combines easy instruction for self-treating spasms throughout your body with proven yoga stretches. I have recently authored two new books: "The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution," and "The Secret to Your Best Golf Game EVER!


Since 1989 I have been working with endurance athletes and individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. I have authored seven self-treatment books and three self-treatment DVDs and I have developed the Julstro System for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Trigger Finger, and other Hand/Wrist pain. I am a national and international presenter at conventions, seminars, and workshops. Principle topics are "Work Shouldn't Hurt," and "The Pain Free Athlete." In 2005 and 2006 I was the massage therapist for ultracyclists competing in the Race Across America (RAAM) 3000+ mile race from San Diego, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. I've taught the Julstro techniques to physical therapists at the Cleveland Clinic, to massage therapists in areas around the USA, and I've taught Julstro self-treatment clinics to dancers at Juilliard School of Performing Arts (NYC),the sprinting team at NC State, and I am working closely with several Olympic-hopeful. We have successfully eliminated the repetitive strain injuries that could keep them out of the Olympic Games, and the best part is they know how to do the self-treatments so they can stay pain-free and flexible.

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