Video Course: Stretching the Hip

Joe Muscolino

Learn to stretch the hip muscles—flexors, adductors, abductors, extensors, and lateral rotators—using multiple techniques with the client in the supine, prone, and sidelying positions. This comprehensive course from Dr. Joe Muscolino teaches 12 different stretching positions to target specific muscles in five lines of stretching: anterior, medial, lateral, posterior vertical, and posterior horizontal. Stretching techniques include contract relax (CR) also known as post-isometic relaxation (PIR) or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).

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Course Outline
  • Introduction and general concepts
  • 5 lines of stretching
  • Anterior line: hip flexors
  • Medial line: adductors
  • Lateral line: abductors
  • Posterior vertical line: extensors
  • Posterior horizontal line: lateral rotators
  • Stretching technique: Contract relax (CR) also known as post-isometric relaxation (PIR) or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
Learning Objectives

Having completed this online course video, the learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the muscles of the hip region—flexors, adductors, abductors, extensors, and deep lateral rotators—and several techniques to accurately stretch those muscles with the client in the supine, prone, and sidelying positions.

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

Topics and Techniques

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.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"This class gave me more confidence to add stretching to the end of my massage sessions!"

"Great information that was demonstrated and explained in a very understandable and relatable way. The course covered all aspects of performing these stretches. Wonderful instructor."