The doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic located in Plymouth, MN recommend foam rolling the IT Band for patients and more specifically athletes with low back pain, patellar tracking disorder and hip dysfunction. Some of the more common injuries associated with running, swimming, track and field, and gymnastics are tied to tight IT Bands. By relieving stress and tension in the IT Bands the whole leg girdle functions better, resulting in less pain and greater performance from the athlete.
Foam rolling is a form of self myofascial release that easily breaks up adhesion’s that form within muscle tissue. When muscles are over worked or injured they naturally tighten up, and over time become weak. Foam rolling as little as twice a week can help reduce muscle tension, reduce pain, and increase flexibility. Foam rolling should be a slow controlled movement, and try to focus on the tender areas within the muscle groups.
The doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic recommend foam rolling to all of their patients, because it compliments their treatment plans so well it can actually reduce recovery time. Foam rolling is an effective tool to help treat sciatica, low back pain, mid back pain, shoulder dysfunction, hip dysfunction, and helps promote proper posture.