Repetitive Strain Injury/Achilles Tendon RSI

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Hi Julie:

Its me again.
I have used your knowledge in the past..so....here I am again.

I have yet to see a doctor on this problem as if it may be work related in anyway (and I am certain of it) my own family doctor won't see me.

I have to pay for a foot specialist who does do workmen comp cases.

About 8 months ago, at work, I noticed pain behind my left ankle. Its where the Achilles Tendon is.

I tried to get support sneakers and the very next day the knee on the opposite leg started bothering me. (I thought, perhaps my balance changed and affected that knee, and then too, that that may be a cause of the Achilles problem on the other leg.

I push people up a ramp in a wheelchair at work.
The foot I "push off" with is the one that is having the problem.

I don't know what to do and I am in pain every single day.
I doubt the Achilles nor the knee on the other leg will get better without medical intervention.

What do you suggest I do?

Thanks.

Arlene

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Hi Arlene,

I've worked with so many people via my books and DVDs that teach self-treatment, and I've seen problems like yours get resolved without surgery, medication, or any other type of medical intervention. I'm not saying that you definitely don't need medical treatments, but I am saying that it's well worth your time and energy to release the tension in the calf muscles that merge into your Achilles tendon before you go any further.  If it's the muscles pulling on the tendon nothing else will work anyway, and regardless of what it may be, tight muscles will prevent your Achilles tendon from healing.

While your job may be affecting this problem, it's not the only cause of the pain.  When you walk up steps you are repetitively straining the muscles...when you drive a car you are also repetitively straining your right leg, and if you enjoy dancing or playing any type of a sport, including running or just walking, you are straining these muscles.  You can get a lot of information about repetitive strain injuries by going to http://www.julstro.com and reading the Home Page, including the sections titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's Happening Exactly."

I suggest you go to http://www.TriggerPointYoga.com where you can learn how to self-treat each of the muscles that you are repetitively straining every day -  your calf isn't your only problem, it's just the first one to become obvious.  After you self-treat the muscles from your low back to your feet, then you can stretch safely without tearing the muscle fibers or the tendon.

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.

Publications
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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