This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the needs of clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). It requires the ability to gather client information, conduct specific tests and bring information together to develop a remedial massage treatment plan. There is a strong focus on functional anatomy.  This unit applies to remedial 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 200 hours of massage client consultation work; - prepared for and managed at least 60 remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments - clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations; - used remedial massage assessment techniques appropriately, 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 practitioners; - factors and barriers that may impact on assessment; - factors that affect individual health status; - client information required for remedial massage assessment and the scope and depth of information needed; - protocols for performing physical massage assessments; - remedial massage diagnostic techniques, how and when they are used; - contraindications to treatment and possible indications for referral; - anatomy; - physiology, and; - conditions commonly seen by massage therapists.

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