The Thinking Practitioner

46: To ITB, or Not To ITB? (Iliotibial Band Controversies, Conditions, and Approaches)

August 25, 2021

Whitney and Til unfold the controversies, compare thoughts, and share approaches for working with the iliotibial band. Download the free handout! 

Topics include: 

  • Little-known facts, well-known myths, and over-heated controversies about the ITB, 
  • When and why would (or wouldn’t) we work, roll, or massage the ITB (aka the iliotibial tract or fascia lata)? 
  • Hands-on techniques for some of the most common ITB-related client complaints. 

Get the HANDOUT and full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites, plus sign up for Til's upcoming Leg Knee & Foot course

Resources and references discussed in this episode:

  1. Baker RL, Fredericson M. Iliotibial Band Syndrome in Runners. Biomechanical Implications and Exercise Interventions. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2016;27(1):53-77. doi:10.1016/j.pmr.2015.08.001
  2. Aderem J, Louw QA. Biomechanical risk factors associated with iliotibial band syndrome in runners: A systematic review Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015;16(1):7-9. doi:10.1186/s12891-015-0808-7
  3. Fairclough J, Hayashi K, Toumi H, et al. The functional anatomy of the iliotibial band during flexion and extension of the knee: implications for understanding iliotibial band syndrome. J Anat. 2006;208(3):309-316. doi:JOA531 [pii]10.1111/j.1469-7580.2006.00531.x
  4. Podcast ITB image used under license by the National Library of Medicine Visible Human Project. Arrows show location of ITB.

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(The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

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