Course Title: Provide myotherapy treatment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: COTH5006

Course Title: Provide myotherapy treatment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6135 - Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Joshua Davies






Nominal Hours: 150

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Learners must complete the Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT50307 (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in this program.

This course is delivered concurrently with the following course:
VU21415 Perform myotherapy clinical assessment

Successful progression in this course is required for clinical practice. Unsuccessful progression may lead to exclusion from further clinical practice classes.


Course Description

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to administer myotherapy treatment according to the techniques and practices of a myotherapy framework. It assumes that the participant already has the competency to provide remedial massage treatment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21417 Provide myotherapy treatment


Evaluate treatment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Indicators of client response to myotherapy treatment
are designed

4.2 Measurement tests are used to evaluate the effects of the treatment

4.3 Responses to treatment are monitored and
aggravations are managed promptly if necessary

4.4 Treatment options are reviewed based upon evaluation and effects, including client information

4.5 The need for ongoing and/or additional treatment
is evaluated

4.6 Changes to treatment strategy are discussed and negotiated with client to ensure beneficial outcomes

4.7 Additional treatment or referral for further examination is instigated


Manage the therapeutic intervention

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The myotherapy treatment and its effects are described and discussed with the client

1.2 Mode of treatment,  as well as its administration and management are discussed

1.3 Factors which may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment are discussed

1.4 Consent for treatment is ensured

1.5 Client is resourced to support and assist in the monitoring of treatment reactions

1.6 Reactions to treatments are identified, documented and responded to


 Apply myotherapy techniques

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Myotherapy treatment is discussed with client and understanding is ensured regarding current and other sessions.

3.2 Myotherapy techniques are applied according to the treatment plan

3.3 Myotherapy techniques are applied to achieve desired treatment outcomes



 Inform and support the client to understand the myotherapy treatment

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The client is informed about the treatment trajectory and resourced to clarify points and information about the treatment

2.2 Client queries and concerns are responded to.

2.3 Appropriate communication skills are used when explaining treatment plan and associated issues with clients

Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule



Wednesday 09:30 – 12:30

Friday 9:30 – 12:30

WK 28



Introduction to Course & Course requirements

Treatment Principles

Practitioner Biomechanics, Joint stabilisation, Preventing Practitioner Injury

Principles of Palpatory Assessment Principles of Assessment & Treatment

. Subjective Examination


. Objective  Examination





B. Objective Examination cont.

Clinical Impression

Treatment Planning









Online Delivery



Cervical (intrinsic)


Practical Assessment: Cervical




Lower Leg Foot & Ankle



Lower Leg Foot & Ankle



Lower Leg Foot & Ankle


Knee, Thigh, & Hamstring



Knee, Thigh, & Hamstring


Knee, Thigh, & Hamstring




Hip and Pelvis


Hip and Pelvis





Mid Semester break



Mid Semester break





Hip and Pelvis

Lumbar Spine


Lumbar Spine





Practical Assessment.

Hip, pelvis and lumbar


Online Delivery



Thoracic Spine & Trunk


Thoracic Spine & Trunk




Thoracic Spine & Trunk



Scapula & Gleno-humeral Joint 1



Scapula & Gleno-humeral Joint


Scapula & Gleno-humeral Joint




Practical Assessment: Gleno-Humeral Joint


Elbow, Forearm, Wrist and Hand





Elbow, Forearm, Wrist and hand



Forearm, Wrist and Hand




Neurological Assessment


Neurological Assessment



Clinical Neurodynamics



Clinical Neurodynamics



Clinical Neurodynamics


Practical assessment : Neurological and Neurodynamics


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

• Brukner, P & Khan, Clinical Sports Medicine, 3rd revised edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney



Other Resources

Overview of Learning Resources:
Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry


Students are required to wear closed toe shoes and bring 2 clean towels to practical classes.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma Remedial Massage (Myotherapy).
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).


Assessment Tasks

Attendance and participation:
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Final assessment in this course is a combination of a number of "formative" assessments.
To achieve competency in this course students need to successfully complete and achieve sufficiency in ALL of these formative assessments.
Please refer to RMIT’s assessment policy for more details:
Should a student be unable to attend an assessment or require an extension to a due date please refer to the following webpage:

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy

Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated by the course instructor.
Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in this course guide and are in the Course Schedule in myRMIT (Blackboard).
Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”
All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
Care must be taken to reference all work correctly and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.

Penalties for late submission:
All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late, unless an extension is approved.
Assignments that are late will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks (unless prior extension has been requested and approved. Please refer to

Assessment Result Information:
All assessments must be satisfactory to be deemed competent in this subject and unit cluster.

Assessment Tasks


1. Myo AxRx Clinic skills checklist


All clinic skills in the Myo AxRx section of the clinic skills checklist must be completed in the RMIT student Myotherapy clinic.  Each skill must have the required satisfactory observations by the clinic supervisors. Please see clinic checklists for a list of these skills.




2. Myo AxRx Case Study Based Assessments


4 case study based assessments will be held during class time.  Students will be assessed on practical skills and knowledge.

Week 31 - Cervical practical case study

Week 38- Hip, Pelvis and lumbar practical case study

Week 42 - Gleno-humeral joint practical case study

Week 46- Neurological and neurodynamic practical case study




All components of the assessment must be shown to a satisfactory level for the student to be deemed competent.

If a practical assessment is missed, the student must apply for special consideration via the RMIT website within 2 days of the missed assessment.















Assessment Matrix

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