Iliotibial Band

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How do I stretch my iliotibial band?

Iliotibial Band

Stretch the band, the iliotibial band, that is. The iliotibial band runs on the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee. When it is irritated, pain is usually felt at the knee. Runners, cyclists, skiers, and aerobic exercisers should stretch it to prevent injury. To get a good stretch of the IT band of the right leg, cross the leg behind your left leg while standing and lean sideways to the left for thorough IT muscle stretching.



2/21/2007 5:11:10 AM
janice booker said:

great,really works great

2/22/2007 9:41:02 AM
Bonnie Marple said:

The exercise makes balance difficult.

2/22/2007 4:16:54 PM
jenn said:

It helps to raise your right arm overhead while streching left.

2/23/2007 5:31:12 PM
Christina said:

This is a stretch you'll feel, but do it slowly with proper alignment of the body. Meaning, stand up straight,maintain tight abs, slowly bend to the left, don't allow yourself to lean forward nor back, imagine yourself within a pane of glass.Hold for a slow count of 4(do not hold your breath),return to center, and change legs. This is an excellent movement; which I incorporate in my daily yoga practice and teaching.Namaste.


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