IT Band Stretch | SoleHealers
A common area of tightness for many runners is the iliotibial band (ITB), a tendonous and fascial band that starts at the hip and goes down to your knee.
The IT band provides essential support for the outer hip in moving and standing upright. When the IT band tugs or rubs on the outer knee, it can be painful. IT band syndrome describes a condition in which the IT band becomes irritated and inflamed due to friction on the outer knee.
This standing IT band stretch can help stretch your IT band and reduce your risk of IT band syndrome.
Here's how you do it:
1. While in an upright position, cross your right leg behind your left.
2. Lean slightly forwards and to your left side until you feel a stretch on the outside of your right leg.
3. Raise your right hand over your head and extend it to your left side.
4. Hold for thirty seconds and then repeat with your left leg.
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