Mosby's Stretching Pocket Guide

From basic static stretches to advanced techniques like the pin-and-stretch, Mosby’s Stretching Pocket Guide defines and explains stretching and flexibility in a way that is both applicable to manual therapy professionals and easily understood by manual therapy students. Presented in an atlas format with over 200 illustrations, this convenient reference has Spotlight boxes with salient points, and general assessment and stretching guidelines available in a clear, easy to understand format that is immediately applicable to manual therapy practice.


Published: December 2013

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-24407-7


  • 1. Stretching and Flexibility

    • Stretching and flexibility are defined
    • Principles behind stretching and flexibility
    • Purpose and benefits of stretching
    • Explanation of how stretches can be reasoned out instead of memorized
    • Assessments to determine if stretching would be beneficial
    • Identifying target muscles/tissues

    2. Basic Stretching Techniques

    • Relationship between a line of tension and stretching
    • Safe and effective stretching methods
    • Direct tissue stretching
    • Longitudinal and cross directional direct tissue stretching
    • Difference between active and passive stretching
    • Static stretching
    • Dynamic stretching

    3. Advanced Stretching Techniques

    • Pin and stretch
    • Contract relax
    • Contract relax agonist contract (CRAC)
    • Combined stretching methods for increased effect

    4. Stretching for Self-Care

    • Principles of Stretching for self-care
    • Stretches



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