Best Ways to Alleviate Upper Leg Soreness

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Best Ways to Alleviate Upper Leg Soreness

If you paddle a lot, you’re likely all too familiar with that nasty soreness on the outside of your upper leg. Maybe there’s a pinching feeling just above the outside of your knee, or perhaps the area just below your hip is all matted down. Regardless of where your issue is, it’s your Iliotibial Band (IT) band that’s to blame.

If left unattended, this issue can develop into a bigger problems including damaging your MCL, ACL as well as hip dysfunction. The bottom line: you need to do something. But most people’s solution of trying to “stretch” the IT band is misguided because this band of connective tissue–to which the glutes, quads and hamstrings attach–doesn’t stretch. Instead we need to relieve the tension in the surrounding soft tissues so they stop clamping down. Here are some mobilizations to do just that:
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