Repetitive Strain Injury/Pulled groin muscle/iliopsoas


QUESTION: Hi, im suffering from the exact same condition as you already answered in this thread:
However im struggeling to find the information that you reffered too on the forum. Ive had this same injury 3.5 years ago, then it took 9 months to heal, just as it did for that other guy. Im now just about 3 months into it this time. I would be so happy if you could help me resolve this faster, since its taking quite a hit on my day to day life. Lasttime i got really depressed and anxious from this, since no doctor could find an answer. So finding this really made me happy, and left with hope that i can resolve it.

Sorty for bad english, but i hope its understandable.


ANSWER: Hi Mathis,

First of all, your English is just fine, I understood everything you are saying :-)  

Over the past 25 years I have worked with thousands of people who had given up hope, and they all got relief, most of them got complete and permanent relief, by just treating the muscles and then stretching the fibers.  Your joints can never be properly aligned when the muscles are in spasm and are held tight.  However, when you release the spasms (much easier than you expect) and then safely stretch, you'll be thrilled with the results.  

When I answered the questioner back in 2009 I hadn't gathered up all the information on how to eliminate the knots that cause joint pain and put it into one place. To resolve that I wrote a self-treatment book titled "Treat Yourself to Pain-Free Living." Then after having so many people with pain that gets treated in the same manner - everything from low back pain to calf pain, and even problems taking in a deep breath, I decided to write it in a forum message so it would be clear for everyone.  

I suggest you go to and you'll be able to read about each muscle that is involved in this problem. Next I suggest you go to so you can read how you can release pain by first treating the spasms that are causing the pain, and then how to incorporate yoga stretches to safely open your hip joints to bring your body back into alignment.

I truly believe that you can stop this pain, and that you can prevent it from returning by just treating the spasms BEFORE they become a problem, and then stretching regularly using the ancient yoga postures taught in TriggerPoint Yoga.

Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing.

Wishing you well,
     Julie Donnelly

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QUESTION: Thank you so much for the answer, ill do my best to gather the information you provided. While waiting for your answer i have already boughg the pain free triathlete ebook from your webpage, and have followed the julstro protocol for 2 days now. Im not sure im doing everything 100% correct tho. Will it be easier to follow the julstro protocol from your new yoga dvd? (Is the protocol covered there?). Since my english isnt so good im thinking it would be easier to follow instructions from a dvd?

After starting the protocol i have found that i have triggerpoints in both quads, both poriformis/butt, right side erector spin, left side ql and left calf. So im hoping treating these will help my left side hip, perineum and abdominal/bladder spasms.

Thanks for helping, keep up the positive work!

Hi Mathis,

I'm glad you have the Pain-Free Triathlete, and while the treatments are all in that book, I agree that you'll have a better time with the TriggerPoint Yoga DVD. That program has one DVD that is me teaching a man named Scott how to do every treatment that is in my newest book, "Treat Yourself to Pain-Free Living," and it has two DVDs that have Ana first treating the muscles that you'll be stretching and then moving directly into the yoga postures.  The both lower body sessions will be good for you, but I think you get the most out of the "Lower Back, Hips and Buttocks" DVD.

I suggest you continue doing the Protocol. The odds are the primary problem is coming from the left side, especially your quads, quadratus lumborum, and iliopsoas.  As they are pulling your left pelvis forward and down, it is messing up your right side.  Adding the stretching to your treatments will make a huge difference in your results.

Please let me know how you are doing as you continue the self-treatments and stretching.

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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