Course Title: Perform myotherapy clinical assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: COTH5009

Course Title: Perform myotherapy clinical assessment

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6159 - 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: 100

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

 Co-requisite - COTH5011 Provide Myotherapy treatment (VU21878)

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess a client’s condition in order to provide myotherapy treatment. It focuses on being able to effectively gather and interpret information during an examination and to make an accurate appraisal for myotherapy treatment.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.




National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21876 Perform myotherapy clinical assessment


1. Evaluate the client's needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client's purpose for consultation is established and symptoms being experienced are investigated 1.2 Services able to be provided and limitations of available services are clearly explained 1.3 Factors likely to have a negative impact on assessment are investigated in consultation with the client and strategies implemented to minimise the effects of these factors wherever possible 1.4 Personal abilities, level of professional competence and parameters of role are discussed with the client 1.5 Clients are referred to other health care providers where their needs are identified as beyond the scope of the services able to be provided, or if the needs of the client are best met by doing so 1.6 Legal rights of the client are promoted


2. Collect a thorough and relevant medical history of the client

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Information required from the client for the client's history is sought in an appropriate manner 2.2 Information forwarded by other health professionals is evaluated 2.3 Principles of confidentiality are explained and adhered to 2.4 Severity of client symptoms are identified and probable conclusions investigated 2.5 Information is collected and organised in a format that can be interpreted by other health professionals


3. Perform an examination of the client and analyse findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Appropriate areas of the client's body are exposed during the examination 3.2 Severity of symptoms, irritability of the pathology and the nature of the pathology/condition are evaluated during the examination 3.3 Contraindications or precautions are assessed, and testing is modified accordingly 3.4 Client feedback is sought on comfort levels and effect of clinical test 3.5 The client is positioned appropriately for therapist access and suitability for specific reliable tests 3.6 Client comfort, stability and modesty is observed and maintained 3.7 Preliminary assessment is made, documented and communicated to client 3.8 Specific details of signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint/s are elicited if appropriate 3.9 Suitable myotherapy assessment techniques are applied and analysed, including observations and tests of a client 3.10 Findings are interpreted to determine whether: - There is a relationship between the symptoms - There is any diurnal pattern in the behaviour of the symptoms - There are predisposing factors present that are related to the symptoms - There are aggravating factors relating symptoms


4. Plan appropriate client management strategy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The interpretations of all data from examinations (subjective and objective) are correlated and evaluated to determine an appropriate differential clinical assessment 4.2 Information gathered is assessed and assigned priorities in consultation with client 4.3 Indications for referral are identified and noted 4.4 Management of selected treatment in relation to any other current therapies is negotiated 4.5 The appropriate treatment evaluation strategy is planned 4.6 Relevant documentation is prepared


5. Inform the client

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Rationale of the myotherapy assessment plan is discussed with client 5.2 Client enquiries are responded to using appropriate language and terminology 5.3 Client compliance and informed consent is negotiated 5.4 Client expectations/ prognosis is informed and educated 5.5 Any relevant information from medical or diagnostic reports is communicated to the client where appropriate 5.6 Any indications for referral and other collaborative options are discussed with client

Learning Outcomes

See elements of competency above 

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



-Introduction to course and assessment requirements.


Prepare for clinic

- Principles of myotherapy treatment and assessment


Prepare for clinic continued

  • Therapist Biomechanics
  • Treatment principals
  • Objective examination
  • Clinical impression
  • Treatment planning


Review full S/E & O/E

Ready for clinic


- MDN: Infection Control Policy and Procedures Handling needles.  Dermatome Needling








Cervical intrinsic


Cervical intrinsic


Putting it all together – Cervical extrinsic & Intrinsic


- AT 2.1 – Cervical Case study


- AT 2.1 - Cervical Case Study


- Lower leg foot and ankle


Lower leg foot and ankle


Lower leg foot and ankle - Slump test


Putting it all together – Lower leg, foot and ankle



AT 2.2 – Lower leg, Foot & Ankle



AT 2.2 – Lower leg, Foot & Ankle


MDN Revision


Good Friday                    



Mid Semester break



Mid semester break



Hip and Pelvis



-Hip and Pelvis



-Hip and Pelvis & Lumbar



- Lumbar spine: Acute vs  Chronic


  • Lumbar spine



Putting it all together – Lumbar, Hip & Pelvis



- AT 2.3 - Lumbar, Hip & Pelvis case study



- AT 2.3 - Lumbar, Hip & Pelvis case study



- GHJ & Scapulo-Thoracic



- GHJ & Scapulo-Thoraric



  • GHJ mobilisers


  • Putting it all together GHJ



AT 2.4 - GHJ case study



AT 2.4 - GHJ case study




MDN revision


Semester 1 revision.


Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand


Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand


Putting it all together - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand


AT 2.5 - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand.  Practical assessment 


Elbow, forearm, wrist and hand.  Practical assessment. 


Neurological assessment






Mid semester break










Integrated Myotherapy - Cervical


Integrated Myotherapy – Foot & ankle


Integrated Myotherapy – Knee thigh HS


Integrated Myotherapy – Hip & Pelvis


AT 2.6 - Neurodynamics case study


AT 2.6 - Neurodynamics case study

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

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 - Clinic Observation skills checklist

Assessment Task 2 - Practical case study assessments

Assessment Tasks

 1. Myo AxRx Clinic observation skills checklists

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.

These skills must be completed prior to final clinic shift in Semester 2, 2019.


 2. Myo AxRx Practical Assessments


AT 2.1 - Cervical practical case study. 20/3/19 & 22/3/19

AT2.2 - Lower leg, foot and ankle practical case study. 10/4/18 & 12/4/18

AT 2.3 - Lumbar, Hip & Pelvis practical case study. 22/5/19 & 24/5/18

AT 2.4  - Gleno-humeral joint (GHJ) practical case study. 12/6/18 & 14/6/19

AT 2.5 - Elbow, forearm, wrist and hand practical case study. 1/8/19 & 8/8/19

AT 2.6  - Neurological and neurodynamic practical case study 7/11/19 & 14/11/19 



Assessment Matrix

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