SPARE YOUR IT BAND
SPARE YOUR IT BAND!!!
Repeat after me,
” WHERE I FEEL PAIN, IS NOT THE PROBLEM!”
By now we should get the idea that our body is a system of individual parts working together as a whole. In a nutshell, here is how it works:
– you are motivated to move
– your brain sends a chemical message to a region of your body
– you go!!
It is that simple!
WHEN THINGS GO WRONG:
As a result of moving TOO MUCH the SAME WAY (ie the same exercises, same occupational positions, etc) or NOT MOVING ENOUGH some of our muscles may not WORK correctly. In other words, we develop imbalances. When we develop imbalances, OUR BRAIN can’t coordinate how to use muscles correctly. In short,
*TIGHT MUSCLES = OVERACTIVE
*LONG MUSCLES = UNDERACTIVE
HOW THE IT BAND BECOMES A PAINFUL:
By definition, the IT Band connects the hip to the lower leg. The IT band is just connective tissue. If it HURTS, it is because it is STRESSED out from something else NOT working to help accept weight as the foot hits the ground while running, walking etc.
SINGLE EXERCISE SOLUTION: TENNIS BALL ON HIP
Try using a tennis ball on the top outer aspect of the hip. There are a couple of muscles in there that are responsible for slowing your upper leg down down.
We know that our body is whole and the everything is connected. Try this routine to loosen, lengthen and strengthen the structures related to IT Band pain.