Stretching the Iliotibial Band
Since my leg has been feeling usable again, I’ve been researching ways to stretch the iliotibial band. Since it is such a large band, it can be tough to get a really good stretch.
Boy, it sure feels awesome when you find that perfect stretch though! I’ve been using the IT band stretch and the bum stretches for my hip pain. It really makes a difference in my day if I start out with these stretches.
The link below is the original page I found these stretches. It is illustrated with cute little stick figures! I thought I could show you the IT band stretches a little better with actual photos though.
IT Band Stretch
Stand on one leg and lean sideways away from that hip. You can put your other leg in front crossways for balance.
Bum Stretch 1
While lying down on your back, cross one leg over the other. Pull the lower leg up towards your chest.
Bum Stretch 2
Sit with one leg bent and cross the other leg over. Press the hip of the crossed leg downwards to stretch.
- One of the most common running injuries, the ITBS (runnerunleashed.wordpress.com)
- Rehab and losing time (blakeisabear.wordpress.com)
- Knee pain in runners…what it means and what to do. (peakphysiotherapyblog.wordpress.com)
Posted on April 27, 2013, in Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Uncategorized and tagged bum stretch, glutes, health, hip, iliotibial band stretch, iliotibial band syndrome, Injury, it band, it band stretch, Knee, morning stretch routine, Pain, physical therapy, stretch, Symptom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.