Over the past two events we have had numerous inquiries regarding Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS). The most common symptom of ITBS is progressive pain on the lateral portion of the quadriceps and the outside of the knee joint. This pain is often increased when running up and down hills.
A recent article by Running Times Magazine shares, “The traditional view on the cause of this injury has focused on the tightness of the structure and over-training. There is no doubt that the ITB will become tighter when it is injured. The tightness, however, is more than likely a result of the injury and not the actual cause. The cause of this injury actually lies in the function of the ITB.
The main functions of the ITB are to assist the hip muscles in abduction (outward movement) of the thigh and to stabilize the lateral side of the knee. The ITB is not a strong structure, and if the surrounding muscles have any weakness that can lead to injury and ITB syndrome. Runners are notoriously weak in their hip and core muscles, particularly if strength training or participation in sports that involve side-to-side movement are lacking.”
For individuals struggling with ITBS we strongly encourage addressing the issue from the ground up. This process will begin with massage of the soleus muscle in the lower leg with the use of the Footballer. You will also want to consistently address the quadriceps and ITB through the use of the Quadballer with slow and controlled movement. We will caution, however, against rolling along the IT band too much. Remember, it is a fibrous band of tissue rather than a muscle; long periods of deep massage applied to this area can result in greater irritation. Release of scar tissue and adhesions through the muscles in the lower extremities can ultimately offer relief to the IT Band, reducing the painful symptoms of ITBS.
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