Repetitive Strain Injury/elbow problem


I have pain in my elbow.  I play tennis and don't want to stop, is there anything I can do to relieve my pain and keep playing?

Hi Annette,

Yes,you can do a lot to release the tension in the muscle fibers that are inserting at your elbow and causing the pain.  Elbow pain is frequently coming from spasms/contractions in your upper arm, and even in your shoulder muscles.  When the muscle(s) are tight they are putting a strain on the joint, just like pulling your hair causes you to have pain at your scalp.  When you stop pulling your hair, you scalp stops hurting -- and when you release the knots (spasms) in your muscle, your joint will stop hurting.

You can get some good information from a free guide book that I wrote called "5 Steps to Natural Pain Relief," which you can get by going to This will lead you to discover how to self-treat all of the muscles in your body, including the ones that you are over-straining as you play tennis.

Fortunately it's easy to learn how to self-treat the muscles that are causing the pain, it just takes a little bit of direction.  My suggestion is that you will focus on treating your shoulder muscles, and all of the muscles of your arm.  

You'll be able to play tennis for years to come!

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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