Video Course: Palpating the Hip Flexors

Joe Muscolino

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Learn to accurately palpate the hip flexor muscles to ensure you’re providing targeted treatment in this commonly tight area that can lead to multiple issues in the body. This comprehensive course from Dr. Joe Muscolino teaches two different palpation strategies for 12 hip flexor muscles in the flexor and extensor compartments of the thigh. When you can confidently palpate each muscle in the region to accurately identify the problems, you’re able to create a targeted treatment plan that leads to successful sessions!

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Course Outline
  • Hip flexor compartment: muscles and anatomy
  • Palpation: general concepts
  • Classic palpation, supine: tensor fasciae latae (TFL), sartorius, rectus femoris, psoas major, iliacus, pectineus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, gracilis, adductor magnus
  • Contour palpation: hills and valleys
  • Alternate position: end of table
  • Classic palpation, sidelying: gluteus medius and gluteus minimus
Learning Objectives

Having completed this online course video, the learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the muscles of the hip flexor compartment and two different techniques to accurately palpate those muscles.

After completing the online course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the effect tight hip flexor muscles have on the body.
  • Describe the importance of using accurate palpation techniques.
  • List the four compartments of the thigh.
  • List the muscles in the flexor compartment of the hip region palpated in the course.
  • Describe the steps in the classic palpation method taught in the course.
  • Describe the steps in the hills-and-valleys palpation method taught in the course.
  • Describe the benefits of the alternate client positioning at the end of the table for hip flexor palpation.
Joe Muscolino

Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 35 years. He has created several online streaming subscription platforms for manual therapy continuing education, including LearnMuscles Continuing Education with more than 3,300 video lessons and more than 320 hours of NCBTMB credit. He has also created Massage Therapy—Master Online Curriculum, a full online curriculum for massage therapy schools. He is the author of multiple textbooks with Elsevier and has authored more than 90 articles. For more information, visit his website at

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This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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Q: Is this massage therapy CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
A: Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
A: After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

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"Dr. Muscolino is so thorough with his videos. His information is easy to follow, engaging, and motivational."

"An excellent class. Got straight to the point."

"Incredible lesson! Very clear, descriptive, and useful information to have for working with the hip flexors."

"I loved this very detailed and easy-to-understand review of the musculature in the hip flexors. Thank you so much!"