Course Title: Chiropractic 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Jennifer Hallam

Course Coordinator Phone: 99257246

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.48

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre – requisites: REHA2163 Chiropractic 1 and REHA2164 Chiropractic 2.

Course Description

This course builds on the knowledge and practical skills developed in REHA2163, REHA2164 & REHA2165. The emphasis is on assessment and management of the upper part of the body.

1. Syndromes 1
2. Spinal Technique 1: Gonstead & Diversified
3. Soft Tissue Technique 1

Develops in learners the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to apply the concepts of chiropractic and clinical sciences to the assessment, diagnosis and management of health problems and to health promotion and disease prevention with emphasis on the cervical and thoracic spine and the upper extremities. This includes the knowledge and skills necessary for critical thinking required to formulate chiropractic clinical management programs in safe, competent and effective manner within the limitations and scope of this course.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  1. To facilitate learning about morphology, normal and abnormal function: Illustration during tutorials of key concepts through the use of diagrams and pictures in textbooks and practical/tutorial manuals, overheads, models and slides.
  2. To develop functional assessment skills: Related to examination and management of the spine and upper extremity.
  3. To promote critical thinking and analysis of issues: Discussion of research methodology, critical assessment of research articles and concepts and principles of Chiropractic in lecturers, practical/tutorial sessions and through learning directed activities.
  4. To develop skills relating to therapeutic techniques and options: Demonstration and practice of chiropractic manual techniques including adjustments, mobilisations, soft tissue and stretching techniques, demonstration of some mechanically assisted procedures in chiropractic care.

The specific learning objectives for Spinal Syndromes are:

To facilitate learning about morphology, normal and abnormal function of the neck and thoracic regions
To gain an understanding of the clinical presentations and pathophysiology of key upper body spinal syndromes
To develop an understanding of the relevant history and examination procedures as they relate to upper body syndromes, including a headache-specific focus
To develop critical thinking and analysis of clinical issues involving upper body syndromes
To develop an understanding of evidence-based management strategies for key upper body spinal syndromes.

The specific learning objectives for the Spinal Technique 1 modules are:
To develop and apply palpation skills and functional assessment, including motion palpation in the neck and thoracic regions
To learn and apply spinal listing systems for Gonstead and Diversified techniques
To learn and apply manual therapeutic chiropractic techniques and options including adjustments, mobilisation, low force techniques to the neck and thoracic regions
To develop and apply Gonstead spinal x-ray analysis skills in the thoracic and cervical regions (Gonstead component)
To develop case management

The specific learning objectives for the Soft Tissue Technique component are:
To identify and apply palpation skills to soft tissue structures in the upper body
To learn and apply therapeutic chiropractic soft tissue techniques, mobilisation specific to neck, thoracic regions and upper limb soft tissues
To develop an understanding of indications, contraindications and cautions to treatment
To review and develop key pathophysiology for soft tissue injuries and dysfunction, including tendinopathy
To develop an understanding management of major soft tissue syndromes, including tendinopathy and myofascial pain syndromes

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, practical classes and online learning materials to facilitate self-directed learning. 

Overview of Learning Resources

The DLS, lecture presentations, and laboratory manuals support this course. The library has an excellent collection of journals and texts that support the course content and a Chiropractic Liaison Librarian.

The course website contains a series of online lectures (including PowerPoint presentations), audiovisual material, quizzes, and questionnaires.

Overview of Learning Resources

As a student enrolled in a course at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.
Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, the myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.
The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online Learning tools and content
As a student in this course you may access to online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

This course includes mid-semester and end-of-semester written and practical assessments.