The IT Band is a tough fibrous piece of tissue, located on the outside of your thigh. It is attached to the femur and cannot be lengthened or stretched. The most effective way to treat it is to address the underlying biomechanical problems.
I am glad finally somebody with credibility came forth and said this. I have already treated a fair share of IT Band Syndrome (ITBS) patients and constantly get asked how to stretch, roll and exercise the IT band. I have had patients that just want me to get in there and Graston their IT Bands. Ouch! And I have to explain these ideas to them over and over again. Spread the word.
Please do not foam roll it, stretch it or exercise it. Certainly do not go to your Doctor and ask him to “release it!”
Stretching, foam rolling your IT band won’t change the length, because its not tight. Well it is tight because its a fibrous band, but it is tight in everyone.
Look to the 2 muscles which insert into the IT band to change the tension on the band
First reset, then reinforce and finally reload the pattern!
These are just some of the hilarious pictures I found when Googling IT Band