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IT Band Tightness – Baseball/Barbell Smash
Here is a video where I show you an extreme myofascial release of the IT band. Tight IT bands can often lead to pain in the knees and lower back, due to the fact that they are proximal to both of those regions in the body. IT band restriction is very common in people who do not rotate well.
Since the transverse plane of motion is almost entirely absent in most training programs and people in general, the body then uses the other two planes of motion for movement and stability (sagittal plane and frontal plane).
Consequently, the IT band then gets over loaded because of its role in stabilizing through excessive frontal plane movement. This then creates fascia distortions throughout the lateral border of the thigh. By getting into the IT band in an aggressive manner, via the use of a barbell and baseball, we will release a major player in lateral movement deficiency. The result is a more functional body that moves better in all planes of motion.
***Keep in mind that we are not lengthening the IT band. We are releasing the adhesion of the IT band to the Vastus Lateralus (outer quadricep). The goal here is the separation of tissues so that they may work together more harmoniously in a rhythmic fashion.