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).

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

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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 treatment sessions - clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations; - applied techniques in each of the following positions during client consultation sessions according to client needs: prone; supine; seated, and; side-lying recumbent; - used all of the following techniques appropriately: frictions; passive joint movement; passive soft tissue movement; deep tissue massage; muscle energy; neuromuscular; press and release; myofascial (without skin penetration); trigger point therapy (without skin penetration); lymphatic drainage; temperature therapy; proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); stretching, and; mobilisation and movement at major joints (without adjustments or high velocity manipulations).Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal and ethical considerations (national and state/territory) for client assessment; - remedial massage techniques and how to apply them; - remedial massage techniques to address the following conditions: sciatica; arthritis; headache; plantar fasciiti; shoulder impingement; TMJ dysfunction; repetitive strain injuries; medial and lateral epicondylitis; carpal tunnel syndrome, and; postural imbalances; - endangerment sites - where they are and how to use palpatory skills in these areas according to scope of practice; - potential reactions during treatment and how to respond; - potential reactions following treatment and appropriate client advice to provide; - types of advice and resources that can be provided to clients for their use outside the clinical environment, and; - documentation requirements for recording treatment details.

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