Dr. Molly Shares her technique for rolling her ITB and more in the video below.
Foam rolling amazing way to reduce muscles soreness and to stretch before or after your workouts, if you don't mind a little discomfort. In this video, I talk how I use my foam roller to stretch my ITB (iliotibial band). Why is the pain of stretching on a foam roller worth it? Foam rolling gives you similar muscle relaxation and stretch as a massage and you can fit it in daily if you need. Specifically, stretching your ITB can relieve aching thigh muscles after a workout and stop hip and knee popping. Starting your day or ending your day stretching on a foam rolling can reduce annoying daily stiffness from sitting at work or from your commute in our Houston traffic.
Using your foam roller daily is a great way to enhance your stretching session but how do you know if its actually helping you or if its just a crutch. When you get done with your 5 -15 minute session you should feel refreshed and rejuvenated. If you still have a that same muscle ache at the end as you did at the being then simply stretching is not addressing why you have muscle ache. If you still have hip or knee popping after foam rolling then simply stretching is not addressing why your joint is popping.
As long as when you get done stretching on your foam roller you feel better than when you started keep it up. However, if you start to feel only mild to no relief after foam rolling or if you start bruising yourself to work out your tight muscles then you should call me to find out what is causing the popping and/or muscle soreness.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald