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You can learn the simple self treatment methods that work fast to help relieve chronic muscle pain (not caused by pinched nerves), and what we consider to be the best alternative to addictive pain pills or painful surgery.  

 

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"You are your own best therapist!

 

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"Suffering from chronic muscle and nerve pain for over 30 years, a spinal surgery in 2008 that didn't work and only caused complications, doctors telling us there was nothing more to be done, we refused to give up hope and neither should you!  We were blessed to find Julie Donnelly, founder of Julstro International, and by visiting us you are now receiving that blessing.  We made a promise that if her self-treatment methods helped relieve at least some of our pain we would devote the rest of our lives to sharing Treat Yourself to Pain Free Living.   Our gift to you is the knowledge that You can Live Pain Free Now! "  - Dawna and David Smith  - June 2009

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"The doctors are now stating that the muscle spasms that David continues to have is probably a result of nerve pain signals stimulating the muscles to contract uncontrollably, since his muscle spasms have not responded to medication, neck surgery,  intensive physical therapy, electrical stimulation, and Botox injections into his trapezius muscle.  After years of hellish pain, and only as a last result (rather than a first thought, which might have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars), the doctors tell us that David  is a good candidate for a spinal cord stimulator to help control his pain.  GREAT NEWS!!  ....except that his insurance does not cover pain use diagnosis for spinal cord stimulators.

 

But David's use of the Julstro muscular therapy self-treatments help keep his muscle tissues safely stretched and lengthened, helping his body remove the excess lactic acid caused by his constant muscle contractions. Whether or not he gets  a spinal cord stimulator, we will gladly continue to use the Julstro self treatment methods as we have found them to be very beneficial for all of our muscle pains. But we feel that this painful muscle spasm cycle won't be broken until his muscles receive a different stimulus (i.e. from spinal cord stimulation). We hope that one day soon David will be allowed to undergo the "test drive trial" for a spinal cord stimulator to see if it can help control his pain and hopefully help improve his quality of life.

 

Even though we must wait, it doesn't mean that YOU must wait! Spinal cord stimulators have been around for over 40 years and many are used for all kinds of purposes.  We encourage you to further your research and ask your doctor if you are a candidate for pain control using a spinal cord stimulator. Until insurance companies realize the cost saving benefits of spinal cord stimulation versus addictive pain medications, frequent back surgeries, and numerous physical therapy visits, spinal cord stimulators will not be considered FIRST rather than last. Help us make a difference for those living in constant pain. Spread the word, help ease the pain." - Dawna and David Smith August 2010

 

The companies below provide more than just Spinal Cord Stimulators. Their devices include items for brain, heart, lung, and more.  Be sure to check out which procedures use which devices. Help your loved one by becoming more knowledgeable today, so you can start learning how to LivePainFreeNow!

 

 

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Why do muscles cause pain?

Muscles originate on a fixed bone in our body, cross over a joint, and insert onto a moving bone. It is important to understand that all muscles move from the insertion point going toward the origination point. It is because of the placement of the muscles that we can move, but when a muscle is in spasm, or is contracted we cannot move the joint it affects without pain.  You can learn simple and easy self-treatment methods to help relieve chronic muscle spasms.

How many times have we told a loved one, "I wish I could take your pain away".  Learn how you can "take away the pain" by giving the most heartfelt gift of all ....the gift of Pain Free Living. 

Julie encourages people to ask questions on how to treat certain muscle problems. Click Here to visit her website and ask Julie your question when you visit her forum to learn more. 

Listed below is helpful information provided by Treat Yourself to Pain Free Living , a book written by Julie Donnelly. 

Based on our availability and the number of requests, we can provide FREE workshops to demonstrate the techniques. Please know that we are not massage therapists! We demonstrate the techniques on ourselves that Julie has shown us. During the workshops, attendees follow Julie's instructions as written in her book "Treat Yourself to Pain Free Living", thereby learning to "self-treat" their own muscles. 

For more information, email us at:

dawna  @  livepainfreenow.com.

 


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Muscles & Pain - What Happens... Exactly.

Julie encourages people to ask questions on how to treat certain muscle problems. Click Here to visit her website and ask Julie your question when you visit her forum to learn more. 

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Muscles and Joint Pain

bicep muscles

Muscles originate on a fixed bone in our body, cross over a joint, and insert onto a moving bone. It is important to understand that all muscles move from the insertion point going toward the origination point. It is because of the placement of the muscles that we can move, but when a muscle is in spasm, or is contracted we cannot move the joint it affects without pain.

Just as pulling on the end of your hair will cause you pain in your scalp, so too will a muscle pulling on the tendon cause pain at the insertion point on the bone. You can't stop the scalp pain until you let go of your hair, and you can't stop the joint pain until you let go of the tension in the muscle.

Take a look at the graphic of the biceps muscle (left). There are thousands of fibers lying next to each other in straight lines. All muscles run in straight, or slightly curved, lines. The biceps originate at the front of your shoulder, cross over the inside of the elbow, and insert onto the forearm. When the biceps contract your forearm moves toward the shoulder.

tricep muscles The muscle at the back of your upper arm, the triceps (see image at left), originates at the back of your shoulder, crosses over the point of your elbow, and inserts onto the forearm. When the triceps contract your straighten your arm.

muscles and pain

In order for either of the muscles to fully function, the opposing muscle must completely stretch (see image at left). If the biceps (A) are contracting, but the triceps (B) are not stretching, you will only move as far as the triceps will allow. Likewise, if the biceps are held in the contracted state by spasms, you will not be able to full open your arm. In either case, you will lose strength because the muscle fibers are unable to move at their optimum performance level.

When a person feels weak, they often think it is necessary to strengthen their muscles , but the truth is they need to release the spasms and stretch the limiting muscles. Exercise and weight training without doing very specific treatments to release the muscle spasms, and stretch the muscles, will only continue the painful cycle.

How Muscles Cause Nerve Pain

Julie encourages people to ask questions on how to treat certain muscle problems. Click Here to visit her website and ask Julie your question when you visit her forum to learn more. 

scalene median muscles

Nerves travel from the spinal cord, through openings in the vertebrae of the spine, and then out to muscles and organs. When a nerve passes through a muscle it can become impinged as the muscle goes into spasm. This will cause you to have pain, numbness, tingling &/or weakness in any of the muscles that are innervated by this nerve.

For example, a spasm in the scalenes can cause pain to be felt in the upper back, chest, across the shoulders, down the arm and into the forearm (see image below). A common burning pain that is felt in the center of your back, along the shoulder blade, may actually be caused by a spasm in your neck. You can rub your back all day, but until you treat the spasm in your neck you will never get rid of the pain.

 

trigger points Nerves also pass alongside muscles. For example, the median nerve, which gives feeling to the hand, runs between strong muscles in the forearm. If one of these muscles shortens from repetitive strain, you will feel pain and numbness in your hand and wrist. You will rub your hand, shake your hand, and put all your focus of attention onto your hand and wrist, but the source of the numbness is in your forearm - or even as far away as your neck. This same situation happens all over the body, it's called reflective pain, which means that pressure or damage to a nerve will refer pain to a different area, usually where the nerve ends.

Muscles and Tendonitis

Julie encourages people to ask questions on how to treat certain muscle problems. Click Here to visit her website and ask Julie your question when you visit her forum to learn more. 

gluteus muscles Muscles merge into tendons, and tendons attach to moveable bones. The system is beautifully designed, until there is a shortening of the muscle from a spasm or contraction resulting from repetitive use. When this happens the shortened muscle pulls on the tendon, causing it to pull away from the bone. This is most clearly demonstrated in Achilles tendonitis, but may occur anywhere in the body.

The two muscles of the calf, "gastroc" (short for gastrocneimus) and soleus both merge into the Achilles tendon (see image above). The tendon then inserts into the back of the heel. When the muscle contracts it pulls the heel up off the ground, allowing you to stand on your toes. The calf muscles must contract in order for you to push off with your toes as you take a step.

When either, or both, of these muscles are shortened by spasms, they continue pulling on the bone even when your foot is flat on the floor. You are straining the tendon, causing it to overstretch and become inflamed at the insertion, or even to tear from the bone. The pain becomes so severe that unless the two muscles are stretched you will not be able to walk without pain.

Frequently a person is given heel lifts to try to "bring the ground up to the heel", however, it is more logical to release the spasms, stretch both muscles, and "bring your heel down to the floor". Many people know how to do one of the calf stretches - the one that stretches the gastroc. However, most people don't know how to stretch the soleus, as a result the calf is never fully stretched, and the painful cycle returns