At Chiro Clinic Moncton, I actually have a foam roller in my treatment room to demonstrate what NOT to do when using one. Though there are many great applications for the foam roller in relieving muscle tension, rubbing it aggressively along your iliotibial bands is not a good idea. Current scientific research suggests that pain localised to the side of the thigh is more typically due to weak gluteals and irritation of a fat pad deep to the band itself. This theory is supported because the ITB is more like fascia rather a contractile muscle - and when a person's entire body weight is placed upon this region while using a foam roller, it more than likely causes pain due to irritation of that fatty tissue.

But it hurts, so it must be good, right? WRONG. People who use the foam roller directly on the ITB are likely to suffer further injury to the region, simply due to aggressive soft tissue irritation. Chances are, even if a person feels they are ge...

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