Course Title: Provide remedial massage treatments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

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

AxRx - Semester 2, 2018


Tuesday 8:30am – 12:30pm Lecture / 1:30pm – 3:30pm Case Study Clinic



Class Topics and Assessments


3rd July

Introduction to Ax Rx: Subjective Examination and Postural Assessment


10th July

Postural Assessment


17th July

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 1 – Postural Assessment


24th July

Cervical region


31st July

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 2 – Cervical Region


7th August

Shoulder Region


14th August

Shoulder Region


21st August

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 3 – Shoulder region


28th August

Mid Semester Break


4th Sept

Elbow & Wrist Regions


11th Sept

Elbow & Wrist Regions


18th Sept

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 4 – Elbow & Wrist Regions


25th Sept

Thoracic Region


2nd Oct

Lumbar Region


9th Oct

Hip Region


16th Oct

SKILLS ASSESSMENT 5 – Tx, Lx & Hip Regions


23rd Oct

Knee Region


30th Oct

Ankle Region


6th Nov



7th Nov

Wednesday night Clinic


8th Nov

Thursday night clinic

   MLD Class Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30  


Class & Activities

6th Feb

History of Manual Lymphatic Drainage &  Lymphoedema in Australia

13th Feb

Hand techniques  & opening up the lymphatic system  

20th Feb

Re-cap opening up the lymphatic system  &  head &neck techniques

27th Feb

Re-cap head &neck techniques  & arm   

6th Mar

Re-cap arm & chest  

13th Mar

Re-cap chest & abdominal  

20th Mar

Re-cap abdominal  & upper leg

27th Mar

Re-cap upper leg and lower leg

    Integrated Class Wednesday 13:30 - 16:30     


Class Topics and Assessments

3rd April

Myo tomes

10th April

Neural – case study

17th April


24th April

Easter break

1st May

TMJ & Piriformis/Sciatica

8th May

Lateral/medial elbow pain, Wrist - Carpal Tunnel

15th May


22nd May

Plantar fasciitis

29th May

Skills Assessment 1 – Case study

5th June

Skills Assessment 1 – Case study

12th June

Skills Assessment 1 – Case study re-sit


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.

Assessment task 1.1 - 1.5 - Practical  

Assessment task 2.1 - 2.5 - Practical 

Assessment task 3 - Online quiz 

Assessment task 4 - Practical 



Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task




Cervical Knowledge Assessment 

1 March 2018


Shoulder Knowledge Assessment 

2 March 2018


Elbow and Wrist Knowledge Assessment 

19 April 2018


Tx, Lx and Hip Knowledge Assessment

17 May 2018


Knee and Ankle Knowledge Assessment 

14 June 2018


Assessment Task




Cervical Skills Assessment 

6 March 2018


Shoulder Skills Assessment 

27 March 2018


Elbow and Wrist Skills Assessment 

24 April 2018


Tx, Lx and Hip Skills Assessment

22 May 2018


Knee and Ankle Skills Assessment 

12 June 2018



MLD/Integrated Assessments: 

Assessment task 3.

On-line assessment: 17th February 2019  

All content taught during the week 1&2 will be assessed via an on-line quiz in canvas. You have 45 min to complete the written assessment.


Assessment task 4

Practical Assessment: 29th May 2019

Please refer to integrated remedial assessment for full details of the practical assessment. 


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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