Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: SPRT5104C

Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatments

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5357 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 240

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

This unit is co-delivered with:
HLTMSG003/SPRT5102C Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide remedial massage treatments based on the outcomes of an existing health assessment and treatment plan.
This unit applies to remedial massage therapists working with clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments


1. Prepare client for treatment

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret treatment plan and clearly outline how the treatment will be provided and managed 1.2 Explain factors which may interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment 1.3 Inform the client of possible physical or emotional reactions during and following a session and the appropriate course of action to take 1.4 Follow established protocols to physically prepare the client for treatment 1.5 Confirm client consent for treatment


2. Use remedial massage techniques and sequences

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine treatment sequence, location and degree of pressure according to assessment indications 2.2 Use the condition and response of the client as a continual feedback to the initial assessment 2.3 Position client to optimise their comfort and support while allowing for optimum application of techniques 2.4 Maintain client dignity through use of draping 2.5 Maintain therapist postures that ensure a controlled distribution of body weight 2.6 Maintain client-focused attention throughout the treatment session 2.7 Recognise reactions to treatment and respond promptly


3. Provide advice and resources to the client

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Educate client in relevant and practical techniques that support the treatment plan 3.2 Answer client queries with clarity, using language the client understands 3.3 Use honesty and integrity when explaining treatment plans, schedules and recommendations to the client 3.4 Promote client independence and responsibility in treatment 3.5 Discuss and agree on evaluation strategies 3.6 Accurately document treatment provided and details of client communications

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to the Elements above. 

Details of Learning Activities

There will be 2 three hour classes in semester 1 and one 3 hour class in Semester 2. 

Teaching Schedule


Class Topics and Assessments

6th Feb

Introduction to Ax Rx:
Subjective and Objective Examination

13th Feb


20th Feb

Cervical Region

27th Feb

Cervical region

6th March

Skills Assessment 1 – Cervical region

13th March

Shoulder Region

20th March

Shoulder Region

27th March

Skills Assessment 2 – Shoulder region

3th April

Mid Semester Break

10th April

Elbow & Wrist Regions

17th April

Elbow & Wrist Regions

24th April

Skills Assessment 3 - Elbow & Wrist Regions

1st May

Thoracic Region

8th May

Lumbar Region

15th May

Hip Region

22nd May

Skills Assessment 4 – Tx, Lx & Hip Regions

29th May

Knee Region

5th June

Ankle Region

12th June

Skills Assessment 5 – Knee & Ankle Regions

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Task 1

Knowledge Assessments x 5

Task 2

Skills Assessments x 5

Task 3

Clinical Practice


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task




Cervical Knowledge Assessment 

1st March 2018


Shoulder Knowledge Assessment 

2nd March 2018


Elbow and Wrist Knowledge Assessment 

19th April 2018


Tx, Lx and Hip Knowledge Assessment

17th May 2018


Knee and Ankle Knowledge Assessment 

14th June 2018


Assessment Task




Cervical Skills Assessment 

6st March 2018


Shoulder Skills Assessment 

27th March 2018


Elbow and Wrist Skills Assessment 

24th April 2018


Tx, Lx and Hip Skills Assessment

22th May 2018


Knee and Ankle Skills Assessment 

12th June 2018


Clinical Practice:

There will be aspects of these co-delivered units that need to be demonstrated within your clinical practice in the student clinic. Please see your Clinic Manual. 


Assessment Matrix

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