Webinar: Stretching the Neck
Join Dr. Joe Muscolino for a comprehensive course on stretching the neck. Learn to effectively stretch the six major functional muscle groups in the neck: the flexors and extensors in the sagittal plane, the right lateral flexors and left lateral flexors in the frontal plane, and the right rotators and left rotators in the transverse plane. An emphasis is placed on optimal body mechanics and client positioning while performing multiple techniques including static stretching, dynamic stretching, pin and stretch, contract-relax, and agonist-contract.
Read Dr. Muscolino’s accompanying Massage & Bodywork magazine article, “Stretching the Neck” in the May/June 2019 issue.
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- Stretching concepts
- Tissue tension barrier
- Contraindications and precautions
- Frontal plane stretching
- Fundamentals of stretching
- Sagittal plan into flexion
- Transverse plane stretching
- Focus on stabilization
- Sagittal plane into extension
- Multiplane stretching
- Intellectual exercise
- Pin and stretch
- Contract relax (CR) technique
- Agonist contract (AC) technique
- CRAC technique
Having viewed the online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:
- List the three anatomical planes of the body.
- List the six major functional muscle groups in the neck.
- Describe the difference between static stretching and dynamic stretching.
- List at least two contraindications for stretching the neck.
- Describe the optimal therapist body mechanics and client positioning for neck stretches in the frontal plane.
- Describe the optimal therapist body mechanics and client positioning for neck stretches in the sagittal plane.
- Describe the optimal therapist body mechanics and client positioning for neck stretches in the transverse plane.
- Identify the difference between Contract Relax (CR) technique and Agonist Contract (AC) technique.
Dr. Joe Muscolino has been a manual and movement therapy educator for more than 30 years. He is the author of eight major publications, including The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual, with Trigger Points, Referral Patterns, and Stretching, 2nd ed.; Kinesiology: The Skeletal System and Muscle Function, 3rd ed.; and The Muscular System Manual: The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, 4th ed.; Manual Therapy for the Low Back and Pelvis: A Clinical Orthopedic Approach; and Advanced Treatment Techniques for the Manual Therapist: Neck. He has also authored more than 70 articles, written for manual and movement therapists, run numerous continuing education hands-on workshops including the Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) certification around the United States and internationally, and has a digital video streaming subscription service called Digital COMT for manual and movement therapists. He has a private chiropractic practice in Stamford, Connecticut. For more information, visit his website at www.learnmuscles.com or follow his Facebook page.
Topics and Techniques
This hands-on massage therapy CE course teaches several stretching techniques for the neck. Learn to effectively stretch the six major functional muscle groups in the neck: the flexors and extensors in the sagittal plane, the right lateral flexors and left lateral flexors in the frontal plane, and the right rotators and left rotators in the transverse plane. Stretching techniques include static stretching, dynamic stretching, pin and stretch, and two neural inhibition techniques: contract-relax (post-isometric relaxation, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) and agonist-contract (reciprocal inhibition).
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Is this orthopedic massage CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).
How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
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.
How do I access my CE certificates?
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.
"This was an amazing CE. Very well presented, relevant, and clear. I have a deeper understanding of stretching the neck. I feel more confident and will recommend this course to my peers."
"This course was EXACTLY what I was looking for to demonstrate neck stretching! Thank you!"
"I really enjoyed this course! He explained post-isometric relaxation and reciprocal inhibition in a way that I could understand better and made sense to me. I'm really glad I chose this course."