FAQs & Support

Things to know and understand about Repetitive Strain Injury/Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Click on the Questions Below:

Why do muscles cause joint pains?

Muscles have one primary purpose – to give us the ability to move. A muscle originates on a bone, crosses over a joint, and then inserts onto another bone. When the muscle contracts it pulls on the insertion point and you move the joint. But if the muscle has been held in the contracted position because of a spasm it will continue to pull on the insertion point, even when you are trying to move in a different direction. This causes pain to be felt at the insertion point; just as pulling your hair at the end will cause you to have pain on your head.

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What is RSI and what is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

RSI stands for Repetitive Strain Injury. It is caused by the frequent contraction of specific muscles, to the point of causing the muscle to spasm and the fibers to shorten. The shortened muscle will now pull on both the origination and insertions points on the bone, creating pain at either, or both of those points. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition where the medial nerve being pressed at the wrist, causing pain in the wrist and numbness in the thumb and first two fingers.

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How are they similar?

In both cases the pain is felt in the wrist and first three fingers. When the muscles of the forearm are in spasm from a repetitive strain, you will get pain in your wrist. Also, when muscles that cross over the median nerve are in spasm and press down onto the nerve, you get numbness in your fingers. RSI is frequently misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome because of this reason.

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Why has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome grown into an epidemic in the United States?

The primary reason is because people are extremely active and are doing the same types of movements for many hours every day, and they don’t know how important it is to flush toxins out of their muscles.

For example, a person who is on a computer for hours every day, and then goes home to relax and either plays a piano, crochets, or plays tennis, is using the exact same muscles as they were at work. In this case, the forearm and hand muscles have contracted many thousands of times, eventually shortening. These muscles all insert into the wrist and they all have an impact on the carpal tunnel and the median nerve.

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What can be done about it?

The muscles need to be flushed out to remove the toxins that build up because of the repetitive movements. Massage is a key treatment for pressing out the toxins and drawing in the nutrients that heal the muscle fibers. Self-massage will enable a person to stop pain on the spot, preventing a build-up of the toxins that cause spasms to occur.

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Why is self-treatment a better alternative than going to a therapist?

The discomfort caused by Repetitive Strain Injury will return because you are still doing the movements that caused the initial problem. When you go to a therapist you are receiving treatment that will last for a certain amount of time ( perhaps a week ), however, unless you change your lifestyle, the pain will return. Self treatment enables you to stop the discomfort immediately. You are not “chained” to any therapist or treatment program.

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What is the difference between a “tendon” and a “ligament”?

A ligament is a strong fibrous material that connects one bone to another bone.  A tendon is a strong fibrous material, which connects a muscle to a bone.  The muscle fibers merge into the tendon fibers, and then the tendon fibers insert into the bone, holding the muscle securely in place while still giving flexibility to the muscle.

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Will deep treatment hurt?

When a muscle is contracted and filled with irritants it is painful to touch.  It is necessary to press deeply to flush out the toxins. Treatment should always be within an individuals tolerance. You are being taught to work on yourself, you have control of the depth of treatment. You will be taught to work deeply, and always stay within your comfort range.

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How long before I feel relief?

There should be some improvement immediately. After that, it will depend on how often you do the self treatment.

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I am not very strong, will I be able to do the self-treatment?

Yes. The self-treatment package comes with a specially designed TotalTx Tool which will allow you to do all the techniques in the video.

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Will the pain return?

If you continue doing the movements that caused the muscle strain, the pain will return. However, regular self-treatment will prevent re-occurrences.

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Are there any special concerns?

Deep muscle therapy may cause temporary bruising and swelling. We suggest using a cold compress after doing the treatment.

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How long does the carpal tunnel self-treatment take?

After watching the Julstro Video System you will be able to do the full carpal tunnel treatment in less than 20 minutes.

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What is the difference between the treatment for muscle-related sports injuries and other muscle/joint pains?

There really isn’t a difference in the techniques, just in the duration of the problem. Many times a “sport injury” appears to build up quickly and then may suddenly be debilitating, such as with Achilles tendonitis or shinsplints. Other times there has been a chronic joint pain that hasn’t worsened over time, but never goes away – this is rarely termed “sport injury”. Both conditions result from the same muscle spasms or contractions, it is only the way they present themselves that makes the difference. The treatment is the same in both cases.

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Are they treated differently?

No, they are both treated the same. The toxins in the muscle need to be flushed out and the spasms treated to release the tension.

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How will I be able to find the spasms that are causing the pain?

In the Julstro Self-Treatment System for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and in all of the Julstro eBooks, you will receive a full color chart that will show you how to find the spasm and also clearly shows where the spasm causes pain to be felt in your body.

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Will I be able to continue working or exercising while I am doing Julstro techniques?

For the most part, yes. The majority of people report that they feel an immediate decrease in pain by doing the Julstro techniques, and that continuing the self-treatments only enhances that relief. Many techniques are also given that can be done “on the run” or “at the office”. Since people sometimes have other complications that are not muscle related there may be some instances where you will need to stay relaxed while you heal.