I have been saying this for years! The Iliotibial Band is just that - a band. The ITB is not a muscle and does not contract, it is merely connective tissue. Too many times have I seen runners batter their ITB's with foam rollers. The way to treat issues such as runners knee and a 'tight ITB' is to work on the muscles that attach and surround the ITB. This video is good and informative on ways to actually treat the ITB and manage it yourself.