• Tatstar

    I saw most of these suggestions, so I’m just seconding the emotion.

    Been a runner for 6 years and suffered from IT band issues for the first 4. The foam roller kept me on my feet for most of that time. Roll in the morning, at night, before a run, after a run…and then ice your knee after a run for about 10 minutes. Avoid hills and don’t run fast when it’s acting up. My second follow up suggestion – go to minimalist shoes. I switched to the Vibram Bikilas last year and have not had ONE SINGLE INCIDENT since I started in them. It’s been the easiest running year of my life – much less rolling, no ice at all. I’m alternating now between the Bikilas and the NB M-10 trail shoe and it’s awesome. You have to start from scratch in them, you can’t run 10 miles right out of the gate, but if you are recovering from an injury, it’s a great time to start slow again.

  • cucinanicolina

    Oh, I am so with you. Am also dealing with a wicked ITB issue + other stuff and haven’t been running much in the past month … and I usually run 25+ miles a week! It is SO hard to rest when you don’t want to, but try to remember that your body needs this time to heal and it’s telling you something. Yes, your endurance may fade BUT you will get it back. You will you will you will. Better to rest now than force it and delay recovery. I know this is what ‘everyone’ says but speaking from experience … yeah, you want to let it heal. Muscle issues are so weird and nebulous and frustrating, but know that you’re not alone! Good luck — you’ll be back out there very soon.

  • cucinanicolina

    and also – I rec’ going to PT for exercise, but also looking for a PT/chiro who does active release therapy (ART) which, wow, hurts like hell but breaks up the scar tissue and loosens the muscles. Acupuncture helps, too, but ART is aggressive and, I think, works a lot faster.

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