This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather client information, make a physical assessment of the body and determine massage treatment options.  This unit applies to massage therapists providing general health maintenance treatments. It does not include remedial massage assessment techniques.  This unit applies to massage therapists.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - performed the activities outlined in the performance criteria of this unit during a period of at least 80 hours of massage client consultation work; - prepared for and managed at least 40 massage assessments - clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations; - completed physical assessments using palpation, observation and active, passive and resisted ROM testing, and; - interacted effectively with clients. Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) for client assessment; - referral options for massage practitioners; - factors and barriers that may impact on massage assessment; - factors that affect individual health status; - client information required prior to physical assessment; - considerations for performing physical massage assessments; - physical assessment techniques, how and when they are used; - contraindications to treatment and possible indications for referral; - major muscle anatomy, and; - physiology: soft tissue and hard tissue.

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