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.

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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 competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and 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: - gathering, interpreting and differentiating information from client using tactile senses (observation skills and palpatory skills); - applying advanced assessment techniques; - identifying physical alterations and deformations to the somatic system; - identifying treatment options and establishing treatment regimes; - considering the impact on client vitality of selected treatments; - providing post-treatment advice; - managing time throughout consultation and treatment; - using equipment and resources competently and safely; - communicating and negotiating effectively with client and other health practitioners; - recognising and adjusting to contraindications for treatment; - reading medical reports and comprehend medical terminology; - accessing and interpreting up-to-date information, and; - ensure clinical assessment incorporates the underpinning values, philosophies, practices and principles of the myotherapy framework.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - relevant State and Federal legislation and regulations; - treatments and modalities used to treat particular conditions; - modalities must include but are not limited to: dry needling; myofascial mobilisation techniques; corrective exercises; joint mobilisation; muscle energy technique; position release technique; neural muscular technique; electro modalities, and; neurodynamic treatment; - pathology, medical pathology, biomechanics, arthrokinematics, neurology, pharmacology, physiology, exercise physiology and nutrition to a level required by myotherapists; - anatomy and physiology relevant to pathology and recovery; - signs and symptoms of disease; - legal and ethical considerations of confidentiality when treating clients; - lifestyle factors relevant to treatment of specific conditions and diseases; - possible obstacles to rehabilitation; - community resources and support services, and; - underpinning values, philosophies, practices and principles of the myotherapy framework.

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