Muscle/Fitness: IT Band Tightness, how to relieve?
November 7, 2012 6:42 PM Subscribe
Muscle/Fitness: Most of my life, I've noticed that I have tight I.T. Bands, or at least tightness in the side of my thighs. How can I relieve this tightness? Tried rolling, etc... not much help.
posted by MMALR to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I've been working out regularly this year since January, using StrongLifts 5x5 and a cardio HIIT workout to drop roughly 40 pounds. That's great, and it's helped relieve back problems, etc., but I've noticed that I still have tight IT bands (side of my thighs). I've consistently attempted to release this tightness via foam rolling, stretching, even using a rolling pin on my thighs to try to relieve them. This goes back as far as high school (12 years) that I've had the tightness, and I do remember a few times suddenly releasing the muscle and it feeling like I had dumped cold water on my thighs. Such a relief, but I've never been able to consistently do it.
I'm open for suggestions at how to consistently relieve the tightness. I do feel that I get enough recovery as I've had great gains and ample time for my legs to recover. I was specifically interested in electro therapy. Is that something that is viable?