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over the last 6 years i have had various muscle and ligament injuries.. some due to sport some out of the blue. i am type 2 diabetic and wondered if this or some nutritional imbalance may be contributing towards these injuries.
right ankle ligament tear (3 yr recovery)sport
left ankle ligament tear (1yr recovery)trip
left thigh muscle (3 month recovery)sport
left calf muscle (trcent and ongoing)walking
right thumb random
left shoulder random
many of these are still tender and weak

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Hi Jenni,

I don't think that the diabetes has anything to do with this, it actually sounds like it's just repetitive strain injuries to the various muscles.  You may want to check with your physician to confirm that diabetes isn't complicating the muscle healing.

The problem I've found over the years is that people exercise, sometimes extensively, but they don't work at releasing the toxins that have built up in the muscle fibers, or the spasms that have formed and are causing the fibers to shorten and strain the insertion points.  It's not difficult to self-treat, it's must a matter of knowing where to press for each situation as the spasms are rarely at the point where the pain is felt.

If you go to http://www.julstro.com you can read about repetitive strain injuries, I suggest you also read the sections titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's Happening Exactly."  Then take a look at the Muscle and Joint Pain forum and read some of the threads that relate to your areas of discomfort.

When a muscle is held in the shortened position for an extended period of time, a phenomenon called muscle memory will cause the muscle to shorten permanently, putting a strain on the tendons and insertion points.  You can reverse the shorten muscle memory by treating the muscles frequently, even every day, until they revert back to their correct length and take the strain off the tendon and bone.

As for the weakness, it is my experience with my clients that when a muscle is shortened you will lose strength in the muscle as the fibers are too short to have any pulling power left. If you treat the spasms and then stretch you will likely get your strength to return.

I suggest you always treat the tight muscles before you do any stretching so you won't tear the muscle or tendon, plus you'll get a better stretch when the muscle isn't tight.

Wishing you well,
  Julie Donnelly

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Julie Donnelly, LMT

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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!

Experience

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

Education/Credentials
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

Past/Present Clients
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: http://www.FlexibleAthlete.com and http://www.julstro.com. I currently treat people in my offices in Sarasota, FL, Cary, NC, or Pearl River, NY

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