Course Title: Perform myotherapy clinical assessment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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


Kesh Bassi

Toby Glennon

Bianca Alivizatos







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. Evaluate the client’s needs




Client’s purpose for consultation is established and symptoms being experienced are investigated





Services able to be provided and limitations of available services are clearly explained





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





Personal abilities, level of professional competence and parameters of role are discussed with the client





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





Legal rights of the client are promoted


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

Performance Criteria:




Information required from the client for the client's history is sought in an appropriate manner


Information forwarded by other health professionals

is evaluated




Principles of confidentiality are explained and adhered to




Severity of client symptoms are identified and probable conclusions investigated




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. Perform an examination of the client and analyse findings




Appropriate areas of the client's body are exposed during the examination



Severity of symptoms, irritability of the pathology and

the nature of the pathology/condition are evaluated during the examination





Contraindications or precautions are assessed, and testing is modified accordingly





Client feedback is sought on comfort levels and effect of clinical test





The client is positioned appropriately for therapist access and suitability for specific reliable tests





Client comfort, stability and modesty is observed and maintained





Preliminary assessment is made, documented and communicated to client






Specific details of signs and symptoms of the presenting

complaint/s are elicited if appropriate





Suitable myotherapy assessment techniques are applied and analysed, including observations and tests of a client





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:




The interpretations of all data from examinations (subjective and objective) are correlated and evaluated to determine an appropriate differential clinical assessment




Information gathered is assessed and assigned priorities in consultation with client




Indications for referral are identified and noted




Management of selected treatment in relation to any

other current therapies is negotiated




The appropriate treatment evaluation strategy is planned




Relevant documentation is prepared


5. Inform the client

Performance Criteria:


5. Inform the client




Rationale of the myotherapy assessment plan is discussed with client





Client enquiries are responded to using appropriate language and terminology





Client compliance and informed consent is negotiated







Client expectations/ prognosis is informed and





Any relevant information from medical or diagnostic reports is communicated to the client where appropriate




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: Principles of optimal function, Observation, AROM, special tests


Cervical: Intrinsics, PROM, common pathologies


Cervical: Treatment, Correctives


                        WET LABS


Cervical: Treatment, Correctives, putting it all together.


- AT 2.1 - Cervical Case Study


- 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 / Scheduled resits

Mid-sem Break 02-06 Sept

Mid-sem Break 02-06 Sept



AT 2.2 – Lower leg, Foot & Ankle



AT 2.2 – Lower leg, Foot & Ankle


Hip & Pelvis


MDN Revision                 



Hip and Pelvis



Grand Final TBA


Hip & Pelvis & Lumbar


Lumbar spine: Acute vs Chronic



Lumbar Spine



Putting it all together – Lx, hip & pelvis – Scheduled Resits



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 – Scheduled Resits


AT 2.4 - GHJ case study



AT 2.4 - GHJ case study



Scheduled Resits


Scheduled Resits. MDN Revision



Semester 1, 2020.  One 3 hour class per week.




13/02/20 - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand: ROM, Anatomy review


20/02/20 - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand: Lateral Elbow Pain


27/02/20 - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand: Medial Elbow Pain


05/03/20 - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


12/03/20 - Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand: Assessment Review


19/03/20 - AT 2.5 – Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand


26/03/20 - AT 2.5 – Elbow, Forearm, wrist & hand


02/04/20 - Intro to Neuro / Assessment 2.5 Resits


Mid-Semester Break 09-15 April – Includes Easter


16/04/20 - Neurodynamics – Myotome & Dermatome testing


23/04/20 - Neurodynamics - ULNT1


30/04/20 - Neurodynamics - ULNT2


07/05/20 - Neurodynamics - Upper Body Review


14/05/20 - Neurodynamics - Lower Body


21/05/20 - Neurodynamics - Lower Body


28/05/20 – Neurodynamics – Assessment Review


04/06/20 - Neurodynamics Assessment 2.6


11/06/20 - Neurodynamics Assessment 2.6


18/06/20 - Neurodynamics Assessment 2.6 Resits

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Brukner, P, 2015, Brukner & Khan's Clinical Sports Medicine, 5th edn, McGraw Hill, Sydney All classes

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 1, 2020.


 2. Myo AxRx Practical Assessments



AT 2.1 - Cervical practical case study. 9.8.19

AT 2.2 – Lower leg, foot & ankle. 11.9.19

AT 2.3 - Hip, Pelvis and lumbar practical case study. 16.10.19

AT 2.4  - Gleno-humeral joint practical case study. 6.11.19

AT 2.5 – Elbow, forearm, wrist & hand. 19.3.19

AT 2.6  - Neurological and neurodynamic practical case study. 4.6.19




Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Please bring a minimum of 2 clean towels to class.


Important information regarding Assessment Tasks:


Each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once. 

Resubmissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the Program Coordinator, after consultation with the teacher.

All students will be contacted with 7 days by their course coordinator in regards to  resubmission completion dates.


Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the Clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.



If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within 5 working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator 1 working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to 7 days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION. 

If you require further information please contact your teacher or Program Coordinator.


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