The IIiotibial Band, otherwise known as the IT Band, is a long, non-elastic band of tissue that along the outside of the thigh. It has attachments at the hip, as well as the knee. At the top of the leg it blends into the tensor fascia lata (TFL) and the Gluteus Max. With connections at the knee and lower leg as well it is easy to see how tightness in this band can wreak havoc to the entire leg.
Remember the first part of the description is that it is non-elastic. This makes it especially important to "lube" up the fascia of the IT Band to get some pliability throughout all those connections.
*Warning; individuals with high blood pressure and/or heart disease are to use caution when engaging in rolling exercises. This is due to the possible disruption in even breathing which can cause a further elevation in blood pressure. Please consult with your physician for more information.
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