Webinar: Stretching the Piriformis

Joe Muscolino

Join Dr. Joe Muscolino for a comprehensive course on stretching the piriformis. Learn to effectively palpate the muscle and implement several different stretches with the client in the prone and supine positions. An emphasis is placed on optimal body mechanics and client positioning while performing these stretches and additional techniques including pin and stretch, contract relax, and agonist contract.

Read Dr. Muscolino’s accompanying Massage & Bodywork magazine article, “Stretching the Piriformis” in the September/October 2019 issue.




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Course Outline
  • Anatomy
  • Palpation
  • Joint actions and functions
  • Stretching concepts
  • Prone stretches
  • Supine stretches
    • Lateral rotation with hands
    • Lateral rotation with forearm wrap
    • Figure four
    • Horizontal adduction
    • Foot over opposite knee
    • Contralateral horizontal adduction
  • Additional techniques: pin and stretch
  • Additional techniques: neural inhibition
    • Contract relax
    • Agonist contract
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the boney landmarks used to palpate the piriformis muscle.
  • List the steps to accurately palpate the piriformis muscle.
  • List the joint actions of the piriformis muscle.
  • Describe the joint movements of the piriformis muscle.
  • Describe the client positioning when performing piriformis stretches with the client in the prone position.
  • List at least three piriformis stretches performed with the client in supine position.
  • Describe the optimal therapist positioning when performing piriformis stretches with the client in the supine position.
  • Identify the difference between contract relax (CR) technique and agonist contract (AC) technique.
Joe Muscolino

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 piriformis. Learn to effectively palpate and stretch this often-tight muscle in both the prone and supine positions. Stretching techniques include lateral rotation, pin and stretch, and neural inhibition.


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!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

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.


"Great presenter, communicator, and pace. Loved the repetition to underscore key elements."

"I learned so much from this! I'm a new therapist and he explained things in a way that I just didn't "get" in school. Now I even understand better some basic stretching principles let alone the great piriformis info. Thank you!"