In today’s #muscleoftheday we are focusing on the IT band. This muscle is so “important” that it also gets a syndrome named after it, IT Band Syndrome!
Must be pretty darn important, right?
There is so much wrong information and misconceptions regarding this area and it gets blamed way too much in leg and hip problems.
So lets clear up some information and help you get better informed.
The IT band itself isn't really even a muscle, its more of some fascia that runs down the side of the leg.
Have you ever found yourself in agonizing pain when you try to roll out and have this look of impending doom?
Only to suffer with agony and have to do the same thing the next day.
The issue here is that the IT band is getting overworked because something else in the hip and leg isn’t working correctly.
What could it be?
3. Low back dysfunction.
4. Posterior chain weakness.
All force must go somewhere when you are using muscles and when the above mentioned muscles and areas can’t get said force, they recruit other structures, especially the IT band.
We get in this never-ending cycle that if the area hurts it MUST be the problem. This is extremely detrimental in finding a full resolution for the problem.
We stretch, roll it, smash and get deep tissue work on it, all with temporary relief.
The problem is you need your issue assessed properly by a biomechanics specialist who can look at the area as a whole and see where the week links are in the chain.
I can confidently say if you have been diagnosed with IT band syndrome it isn’t even close to your problem and whoever gave it to you is wrong.
There are experts out there, but there aren’t a lot of them, if you are lucky enough you have a doctor trained in Integrative Diagnosis in your area