Repetitive Strain Injury/Question about muscle healing


Hi Julie, sorry to bother you again. I just have one question about muscle healing.

How can a person tell if a muscle is fully healed? I've searched long and hard on the internet but there don't appear to be any answers. I have your book "Pain Free Living" and I'm anxious to try some trigger point therapy, but I'm not sure if my muscles in question are fully healed and I'd hate to further damage them.

Hi Shane,

I'm not a doctor so I want to make that clear, what I'm offering is my opinion.  My feeling is when the muscle isn't hurting, it's healed.  Go ahead and start the trigger point therapy as shown in my book, but only go to the level of "hurts so good."  You should have the feeling that you are benefiting from the treatments, that it feels good to be releasing the spasms in the muscles. If you're going too deeply it could bruise the muscle.  Fortunately, bruises heal, especially when you put on Arnica (a homeopathic remedy gel that you can get in a good health food store)after you finish the treatments.

I think it's most important not to stretch a muscle until you have released the spasms. If the muscle still has trigger points, and you stretch it, you could tear muscle fibers.  However, if you release the spasms first, and then stretch, you won't be straining the muscle fibers and you'll be fine.

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.

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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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