Does stretching the iliotibal band (ITB) conjure up scenes of torture? For many clients it seems to be a rite of passage, if the treatment has not taken a client’s breath away it can lead to doubts of how good a therapist is or how successful the treatment was. This article will challenge the old school of thought, 'deeper is better' when it comes to treating the ITBS, and that giving it a bit of elbow will sort it out. It won't! I am proposing a different intention, how to deliver the best treatment with minimal discomfort particularly given the sensitivity of the ITB. I will be demonstrating how transverse soft tissue release can offer an effective form of treatment for iliotibial band syndrome while dispelling the 'deep is better' myth. The article includes a detailed video showing the manual techniques described along with a certificated continuing education assessment and some practical client advice.
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Susan Findlay BSc RGN, Dip SMRT, Director NLSSM has worked as a sport and remedial massage therapist for over 20 years and runs her own clinic in north London. She was involved in the 2012 Olympics as a volunteer in the Polyclinic. She has a passion for teaching and is currently the founder and director of NLSSM The School of Sports Massage. Her goal is to enable therapists to deliver quality therapy that will help clients reach their goal. She is the author of 'Sports Massage', a practical guide that gives thorough instruction about the correct application of massage techniques. She currently sits on the General Council of Massage Therapies (GCMT).
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