Course Title: Plan myotherapy treatment strategy

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: HWSS5467

Course Title: Plan myotherapy treatment strategy

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6094 - Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)

Course Contact : Jeremy Sager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4294

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Robert Granter. 99254333

Joshua Davies 99258367

Nominal Hours: 120

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 unit.
This course is delivered concurrently with the following courses:
VPAU430    Work within a myotherapy framework
VPAU431    Apply myotherapy clinical assessment framework
VPAU432    Perform myotherapy clinical assessment
VPAU434    Provide myotherapy treatment

Course Description

This unit is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to enable the participant to prepare for Myotherapy treatment and to negotiate with client the planning of Myotherapy treatment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU433 Plan myotherapy treatment strategy


1.    Evaluate the overall objective/s and purpose of a myotherapy treatment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose for a specific treatment strategy in
myotherapy is specified

1.2 Factors and limitations that may have an impact on
the structure of the treatment strategy are proposed

1.5 A strategy is selected to liaise with other health care
professionals, as required.

1.4 The indications for referrals in myotherapy
treatment are discussed with the client.

1.3 A communication strategy to inform the client of
myotherapy practices and techniques is formulated


2.    Evaluate the treatment options available to the myotherapist

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The possible treatments available for specific
conditions are compared
2.2 The factors influencing possible treatments are

2.3 The sequence and possible outcome/s of a
myotherapy treatment strategy are formulated
2.4 The benefits and/or limitations to each of the above
myotherapy treatment strategies are assessed.
2.5 Specific treatment options consider possible client
compliance issues


3.    Plan and demonstrate an appropriate myotherapy treatment strategy

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Client’s goals and expectations of the myotherapy
treatment are discussed
3.2 The practitioner’s goals and treatment strategy is
communicated to the client
3.3 Any physical functional limitations and lifestyle
factors are assessed and discussed with the client
3.4 Contra-indications and precautions to treatment
are ascertained and treatment strategy is modified
according to myotherapy principles
3.5 A treatment strategy appropriate to the client’s
phase/stage of injury is selected
3.6 A suitable myotherapy treatment strategy is
determined and documented, which includes:
- prognosis of condition
- stage of tissue injury
- estimated treatment time frame
- variables and dosages for treatment regime
- treatment frequency and duration
- treatment response
- client positioning
- limitations to the treatment environment
3.7 Treatment plan and outcome/s are communicated to
client ensuring nature of condition, related factors,
prevention of recurrence and improved recovery are
3.8 Responsibilities of practitioner and client within
the treatment plan are clarified


4.    Evaluate treatment plan on an on-going basis

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The outcomes/s of positive, adverse or neutral
responses to treatment are assessed
4.2 Appropriate measurement tests to assess
progression of treatment goals are designed and
4.3 Responses to treatment are assessed

4.5 The need for referral to othe
4.4 Adjustments required to treatment plan are
formulated to ensure treatment goals

Learning Outcomes

To be able to prepare for Myotherapy treatment and to negotiate with client the planning of Myotherapy treatment.

Details of Learning Activities

 Learning activities will be  offered in a range of ways including practical demonstration, supervised practice, group discussion, written exercises, case study investigations and online learning.

Teaching Schedule

Classes run Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 10:30

Semester 1

from week 1 (February 11) to week 18 (June 17)

Semester 2

from week 1 (July 15) to week 17 (Novemebr 11)
Please refer to the teaching schedule in blackboard for further details.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Brukner, P, 2012, Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney


Other Resources

Relevant class notes accessible via  the Blackboard LMS.

Hydraulic tables and consumables required for musculoskeletal treatment and assessment and myofascial dry needling are  provided  by the Program.

Exercise equipment required for rehabilitation and exercise prescription is provided by the program.

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

Assessment Tasks
All practical classes have an 80% attendance requirement.

Full details of each assessment task will be published on the learning hub

1. Practical Assessments:
Practical assessment of anatomy, physiology, clinical assessment & treatment skills, relevant theory, OH&S and Infection control will be conducted in normal classes as per dates listed on the Learning Schedule

2. Written Assessments:
Written assessments of course material will occur as per dates listed on the Learning Schedule. Tests will be online and off line. The pass mark for written assessments is 70%.

3. A Musculo-skeletal research project: 3000 words. Due: Monday May 27st 2013
A pathology to research will be assigned to each student in week 1 semester 1.

4. Class Presentation:
Students will be required to deliver a 20 minute verbal PowerPoint presentation of the major elements of their Musculo-skeletal research project to the class beginning in Week 9 Semester 2 2013

5. Poster Presentation:
Students will be required to present the major elements of their Musculo-skeletal research project in a Presentation Poster form due: week 15 Semester 2

Assessment Matrix


Assessment Tasks VPAU430
Work within a myotherapy framework
Apply myotherapy clinical assessment framework
Perform myotherapy clinical assessment
Plan myotherapy treatment strategy
Provide myotherapy treatment
Practical Assessments Element 1 All elements All elements All elements All elements
Written Assessments Element 1 All elements Elements 1, 2 & 3    
Musculo-skeletal research project Element 1 All elements Elements 1, 2 & 3 All elements All elements
Verbal Presentation Element 1 All elements All elements All elements All elements
Poster Presentation Element 1 All elements Elements 1, 2 & 3 All elements All elements

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