OPTM19 Clinical Massage

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Level: 6
Credits: 10

Directed Learning hours: 30
Workplace or Practical Learning hours: 25
Self Directed Learning hours: 45
Total Learning Hours: 100


This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate assessment techniques, neuromuscular technique, myofascial release and healthcare programming into the management of common conditions.



Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Effectively manage a range of soft-tissue conditions using assessment techniques, * neuro-muscular technique, myofascial release and healthcare programming.


  • Management of selected conditions


The following strategies may be used: • Demonstration of practical skills • Supervised clinical assessment • Practical testing • Case studies • Video/DVD or Voice Recording of Role Plays and/or work with clients

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend 90% of practical classes. If in the opinion of the programme manager students have a valid reason for non-attendance, their total attendance may be permitted to drop to a minimum of 80%. Non-participation in these classes is treated as non-attendance. Students are required to attend all clinical- and work- placement activities except when the programme manager judges that there are extenuating circumstances.

Completion requirements

Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.

Student Reading List

Required Reading Resources:

  • Clay, J., & Pounds, D. (2003). Basic clinical massage – integrating anatomy and treatment. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Premkumar, K. (2000). Pathology A to Z – A handbook for massage therapists (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Recommended Reading Resources:

  • The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.