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how tight should an IT Band brace be?

Question: how tight should an IT Band brace be?

I have been stuggling with IT Band syndromefor a couple of months now and I cant go over 5 miles at a comfortable pace without the pain. I did 10 a few days ago and really aggrivated the problem and its taking me days to eleviate the pain. I've tried a strap, appropriately named the "IT Band" that I wear just above the knee but its made of flexible material and it doesn't seem to be tight enough. It certainly doesnt work at least noticably. I'm training for a half marathon and this problem is really slowing me down. Does anyone have any thoughts on what I can do? Does anyone have any experience with such remedies or could suggest others? Thanks in advance!

Answer:

Hi there

I am an Australian Kinesiologist/sports therapist
You seem to have a problem with the whole Quadricept muscle, not just tendon or ligament. I guess (you didn't specify it) your problem is on the left?
If so the quads are in under energy and the muscles have tightened up. This pulls the front of the pelvis downward and causes pelvic torque, and pulls the capella out of its proper confinement leading to more problems. Have you had anti biotic treatment lately? I feel there is a candida problem which is the underlying cause. A diet free of simple carbs for at least a week should solve that issue. This includes potato, grains such as rice, muesli, fruit, all sugars or sweeteners. Massage under the lower rib, near where the diaphragm is attached from the sternum outwards will help strenghten the muscle. Massaging the quads from the center of the muscle to the origin and insert will also have a beneficial effect.

It is caused by a variety of issues, so we need to address a variety of methods to overcome it

Good luck

Hans

Answer:

Hans,

Thank you for your feedback on this, your input is very appreciated! I will try to change my diet for some time. Should I keep using the strap or is this unlikely to help? It hasn't seemed to help yet. I will also do some quad exercises with weights such as extentions and squats.

Matt

Answer:

Hi there

The strap is useful to nurse the muscular injuries.
It is not helping in overcoming the problem. A quad malfunctioning is still a quad malfunctioning strapped or not. It is the underlying causes we need to address. Don't 'try' the diet. Doing would be better.

Good luck

Hans