When experiencing pain, many people find that various healthcare professionals focus their attention on the site of the symptoms, but they ignore the source of the problem. This causes a common misdiagnosis of symptoms— preventing proper treatment and causing the person to live a life on multiple drugs, treatments, or surgery that at best won’t help, and at worst will cause side-effects that can be crippling or even life-threatening.
Muscles are the only focus at Julstro. Specifically, how muscles impact the joints and nerves of the body. A muscle originates on one bone, crosses over a joint, and inserts on another bone (usually at the joint). When the muscle is shortened by repetitive strain, or because of a trauma that caused the muscle to contract, it is pulling on the joint, and it causes a strain on the joint. Also, muscles cross over nerves, or the nerves go directly through the muscles, so when the muscle is tight it impinges on the nerve and can affect the impulses to the muscles or organs that are served by that nerve.
Since 1989, Julie Donnelly, founder and president of Julstro, has been teaching people—therapists, clients who come to her center and virtual clients who find her online—how to find the source of pain and then treat the spasms to release muscle tension. The word “Julstro” simply means “Julie’s Stroke,” and Julie has shown how easy it is to stop pain, even pain that is attributed to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, fibromyalgia, and a long list of other problems.
In 1993 Julie experienced severe, chronic pain so debilitating it nearly ended her career. She turned to traditional massage and medical treatments for relief, with no satisfactory results. Julie felt she had no alternative but to turn her own extensive knowledge of muscles and use it along with the teachings of the groundbreaking research of Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons to find a solution.
Once out of pain and back on her feet, she developed the Julstro Method of self-treatments and began teaching her clients so they could stay out of pain.
Julie is now a leading force in innovative muscular therapy, and is known for her extensive work with clients worldwide including professional golfers, world-class athletes and fitness trainers.
Julie has worked with renowned specialists such as Peter Lin, MD, Professor of Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, along with other prominent physicians. She has trained the home health care physical therapists at the Cleveland Clinic and teaches the Julstro Method of Self-Treatments to students at the Julliard School of Dance in New York City.
Julie holds a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Therapeutic Health Practices; and is a Continuing Education Provider for a number of governing boards, including the National Board of Certified Massage Therapists and National Court Reporters Association. Julie maintains her license in Massage Therapy.
Julie teaches self-treatment clinics to sufferers from repetitive strain injuries, as well as to golfers, athletes, and various professions plagued with chronic pain due to the nature of their work. She is a frequent presenter at national and state conventions for various associations.