Repetitive Strain Injury/abdominal strain

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I have had an rectus lower abdominal strain for a couple weeks now from the repetitive task of pushing 1000 flasks at my job. It hasn't gotten any better and the doctor doesn't seem to know for sure why that's the case. He has felt my abs 2 different times now and says its nothing serious. Why isn't my strain healing at all? ive been relaxing at home now for past couple weeks and hasn't gotten any better. thanks.

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Hi Brandon,

I'm glad you went to your physician to make sure nothing was torn and that you don't have a hernia. With that cleared, the odds are good that you have a repetitive strain injury of your abdominal muscles. If you go to http://www.julstro.com you can read some really good information about repetitive strain injuries.  I suggest you also read the sections titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's Happening Exactly."  Then if you go to http://forum.julstrointernational.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=762 you can read about all of the muscles that are likely to be strained, causing a pelvic rotation that will cause your abdominal muscles to be overstretched.  

After you have read all of this, please feel free to come back and we can continue this discussion.  I think you'll be fine if you treat the muscles in the order given in the thread mentioned above. You can either go to a good trigger point massage therapist, or learn how to do the self-treatments mentioned in the thread.  

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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