Expert Interview Sports Massage

Susan Findlay of the North London School of Sports Massage explains the use of sports massage therapy in treating Ilitoibial band syndrome.

Sports massage can be very effective in reducing some of the tension in the IT band.

The purpose of the IT band is stabilisation. Tightness in this area is usually due to a muscular dysfunction and so it should not be the only target when it comes to treatment.

Sports massage therapy should involve reducing the tension slightly - but the band must be fairly tight to maintain this stabilisation. Softening the band by working on specific tight spots, combined with other treatments such as muscle energy techniques and a rehabilitation programme is the most effective method of treatment.