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Repetitive Strain Injury/pelvic/glute/hamstring pain all most constantly


Hi. I am a 55 year old male who up until recently was very active, lift weights and do cardio (elliptical mostly) in gym at least 4 days a week, played 2 games of softball every Friday evening ( still ran bases pretty good even though I had a right knee replacement in Oct. 2010), ran around soccer fields with my granddaughters, etc. I do have a history of some low back issues, MRI Dec. 2011 showed buldging dics L4/L5 and back stiffness from time to time but nothing debilitating. April of 2012 I started having some pelvic pain, mainly left side, and a tearing pain feeling in my left glute when I sat or squated. Within a couple months my glute got achy and it also progressed to my left hamstring (always felt tight and sore, even when at rest sitting down). I have never been one to stretch, NEVER, not before or after exercise but have never had a problem. To make a long story short I have since started doing hamstring and glute stretches almost every day without success and now my right glute and right hamstring are acting up, along with my pelvic soreness. My son is pushing me to make sure I make the gym a couple days a week but I can no longer play softball - my legs feel like I am wearing cement shoes when I try to run. Could this be because of pelvic tilt, possible back issues that haven't shown their ugly head yet, or could this be something more serious like a muscle disease? Please, any insight or help is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thank you.

Hi Bill,

The odds are the only thing that is happening is repetitive strain injuries of your pelvic and upper leg muscles.  It's a long explanation so it will help if you first go to and read the Home Page which will explain about repetitive strain injuries.  And then go to the sections titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's Happening Exactly."  Then it will be good if you read as it explains each muscle that causes the symptoms you are describing, and the order that they need to be treated.

The good news is that the odds are excellent that you'll be able to release these tight muscles and get back to playing softball again.

Please feel free to come back and we can continue this discussion after you have read all the above information.

Wishing you well,
  Julie Donnelly  

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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.

Triathlete Magazine, Endurance Magazine, multiple national and international trade journals.

Swedish Institute of Allied Health, NY, NY - Initial education in massage therapy Licensed NYS Massage Therapist since 1989. SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY - B.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary Health Education I was an Associate Professor helping to develop the massage training program for SUNY Rockland Community College

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Privacy prevents me from filling in this section without prior consent from my clients. Life Experience: I have been specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries since receiving my NY massage license in 1989. A personal bout with carpal tunnel syndrome was the catalyst to my developing a self-treatment that heals the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome quickly and without surgery. My work with endurance athletes was the inspiration to teach people how to self-treat so they could stop pains even during a race or heavy training day. Both of these situations ultimately became the products that are sold on my websites: and I currently treat people in my offices in Sarasota, FL, Cary, NC, or Pearl River, NY

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