IT Band pain or Illiotibial Band Syndrome is a very common running injury. It can be a precursor to knee pain and you will be more acutely aware of it when running downhill. The feeling of tightness running down from hip to knee can be so dramatic that it pulls your stride up short.
To fully recover from IT band injury you need to concentrate on three aspects. Firstly rest and ice, secondly stretch and massage, thirdly strengthening and addressing the root cause of the problem.
In my video I cover easy and effective self-massage and stretching that will bring immediate ease to the area.
The third part of treatment is the trickiest; establishing what’s caused your IT Band to get into trouble in the first place. There is plenty of research to show that core muscle weakness, especially weak glutes, puts more of a strain on the IT band as the hips are not as stable as they could be.
These are exercises that we've found very useful and want to share with our customers. But we're not certified instructors. Always consult your specialist before beginning any exercise programme. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.