The tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL) is a muscle connected to the Ilioitibial Band (ITB) which is taut structure on the outside of the thigh that connects the hip and knee, and is an essential for walking and running. It has had a bad rap in recent years as practitioners often tell people theirs is "tight" and needs stretching. They then prescribed horrible foam rolling for the outside of the thigh which is painful and quite ineffective for "loosening" the ITB. Instead you are better served rolling the TFL which is a muscle that completely attaches to the ITB, as this is usually the structure that may need some attention and can be mobilised using a foam roller whereas your ITB cannot.
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