Save yourself from it band syndrome
Save Yourself From Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome by Paul IngrahamWriting this review is going to be difficult (and probably filled with self-conscious *asides*). You can skip the below and stick to this simple review: I recommend this for anyone with back pain.
As the four stars indicate, I thought this was really good. Ingraham manages to capture the absolutely perfect tone, which is incredibly difficult when writing about medical issues for the layperson. Authors must tread a very fine line between coming across condescending, pompous, corny, and just plain full-of-shit. Ingraham hits the sweet spot of sounding intelligent and using scholarly citations, admitting his theories limitations, and, amazingly, making this medical stuff an interesting read without seeming completely like pseudo-science.
*The self-conscious, jaded critic in me of course assumes everyone is out to dupe me; whats worse is that this self-consciousness grows exponentially when I worry that someone has actually succeeded. So much of Ingrahams advice boils down to the following: this might be the problem, but it might not, this might work, but it might not, sometimes symptoms are like this, but sometimes they are the exact opposite. Said internal critic screams Well, theres a way to cover your bases so you cant possibly be wrong! In the same vein, his honest assessments of this is just my educated opinion can cause my alarm to scream Wow, another way to openly admit that this is all bullshit but to get away with it because you admitted it up front! Finally, theres the even if it turns out to be something else, its probably trigger points too!*
Now that thats out of the way, Ill be brave enough to admit I really do believe much of what Ingraham has to say. He presents a wealth of information, basically giving readers a variety of tools to choose to use or ignore. (*Heres where I worry that someone with medical experience will read this and my admission lumps me into the same group of gullible morons who read one article about vaccines causing autism and suddenly join Dr. Jenny McCarthys crusade.*) I came away with a much better understanding of the knots in my back and, more importantly, some techniques that really do work for lessening the pain. Of course, although the book indicates that a slipped disc and sciatic problem are unlikely, my x-ray and chiropractors (another self-consciousness inducing fiasco that one!) assessment show a bulging disc putting pressure on a muscle that, in turn, is bothering my sciatic nerve. However, heres proof that I do believe Ingraham: I think the problem is probably trigger points too!
To sum up, the book is informative, well-researched, and both better written and more entertaining than this review. To add to Ingrahams ethos, there are assurances that he will refund the $20 cost upon request. I, of course, think he earned my $20.
Ready to Race: IT Band Syndrome
Strengthening, Not Stretching, to Deal With Iliotibial Band Syndrome
This is my knee pain story. I am a former massage therapist in Vancouver, Canada. I am also an athlete, a writer, and I publish this large website about common pain problems that are often ineffectively treated — especially IT band syndrome, one of my own most difficult injuries. This is the story of how backpacking like an idiot gave me IT band syndrome, and my recovery as a runner. I was struck by an extreme case of iliotibial band syndrome in both knees at once, on a solo backpacking trip in the Monashee Mountains of Canada, in the spring of For extra excitement, I even had a close encounter with a grizzly bear on that trip. The truth is, I am a big chicken.
As runners, we expect a little fatigue and soreness from time to time. One of the most common sources of pain that can stop runners in their tracks is iliotibial band syndrome. Frequently misunderstood, IT band syndrome is often treated incorrectly. Common treatments include ice, rest and stretching, and, while all of these have their place in treating a running injury, ITBS is best approached proactively. The IT band is a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue that runs down the outside of your thigh. It originates from your gluteal muscles and tensor fasciae latae and connects just below your knee. While rest will help you initially, a specific set of strength exercises is your best long-term solution.
I haven't read any of the other artcles on there. It is well written I'll give you that. But the guy is a massage therapist, not a physio for starters. Anyone can do a bit of 'research', package it, tempt the reader with cures, and ppl will pay. Easy money. I'm cynical, but I'm not joe public with lateral knee pain.
What Is IT Band Syndrome?
Effective IT band syndrome treatment is much more involved than doing a 10 minute strength routine a few times a week. Sure, this routine was instrumental in getting me healthy., Running exacerbates ITBS pain, typically at the knee insertion point, during the acute injury phase. It's simple—if it hurts to run, don't run.
When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy. Fleshman figured she could dial back her training for a few weeks and wait for the pain to subside. Fleshman was feeling the familiar torment of IT band syndrome, a sharp outer-knee pain that afflicts everyone from once-a-year charity 5K runners to world-class marathoners.