If you read my blog regularly, you may know I suffer from annoying IT band issues from time to time. I don't talk about it a lot as it is just sort of a constant annoyance and nothing new. Plus, it is depressing to write about the fact that my left leg hasn't felt "normal" in 18 months. It doesn't hold me back from everything I want to do, but it holds me back from enough stuff that it makes me sad.
Here's just a quick description of my IT band shit I deal with....
- Have suffered from chronic IT band aching for 6-7 months.
- I stretch and foam roll like crazy to try to rehab myself.
- It never aches during a run, but later on in the day when I'm sitting for awhile or laying on the couch
- Lifting lower body REALLY aggravates it. I am really held back with the lifting.
- Speed and hills make it worse.
I finally made an appointment at my chiro. Dr. Mark is more than a chiro, though. He does sports medicine type of stuff as well as Active Release Therapy. He's cured me of tight hamstrings, plantar fasciitis, and scar tissue... just to name a few of the major/minor ailments I have experienced as a runner over the past ten years.
After a consultation with him, he determined I don't have full range of motion in my knee, which could be putting more strain on my IT band. (The IT band is never the PROBLEM. Some other problem is causing the IT band to work too hard.) He also wants to focus on my hips, as well as treat the actual IT band. During the consultation, he had me do a couple movements, tested my knee's ROM, and then scraped some scar tissue off my knee.
He recommended a book called Ready To Run, which I already bought off Amazon. He said the book will give me exercises to help get full mobility in my knee. I plan to read the book and give you my review/analysis chapter(ish) by chapter(ish).
He also recommended taking my foam rolling to the next level by getting a MobilityWOD Super Nova. I am going to research this product before I get it. Have you heard of it? Do you use it?
So I will do 6-8 sessions with Dr. Mark and see how it goes! I still have a million questions for him... so it is hard to get my hopes up that this will work. But hey, it's better than doing nothing.
And the good part about going to the chiro is that now I will be regularly shaving my legs again.
You're welcome, Paul.
Have you read Ready To Run?
Have you ever had Active Release Therapy?
Ever try the MobilityWOD Super Nova? Such a fancy name...