Repetitive Strain Injury/shin pain


I have a bruised feeling along my shin bone on the inner side of the leg.  Looking at a diagram, the only muscle there seems to be the soleus.  I massage this often but it stays tender and sore.  I am fairly sedentary and have a desk job.  What is causing this pain and how do I get rid of it?

Hi Samantha,

I agree with you that the muscle involved is the soleus, and the tibialis posterior muscle may also be involved in this situation.  Also, if the feeling is closer to your ankle, rather than closer to your knee, then a muscle called flexor hallicus longus may also be involved.

I suggest you go to and read all about repetitive strain injuries, and the sections called "muscles and pain" and "what's happening exactly."  It's very easy to self-treat these muscles, the website will explain how to learn exactly how and where to treat.

Also, the pain can actually be caused by muscles that are rotating your pelvis because you sit a lot at your job.  Driving long distances is also a cause for calf pain (amazing, but true).  If you go to you can read about these muscles and why they have an impact on your calf.  You'll also see how to learn how to treat the muscles.\

I believe you'll be able to resolve this quickly as soon as you know the exact points that are causing the pain, and how to treat each point.

Wishing you well,
   Julie Donnelly

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Julie Donnelly, LMT


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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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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