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Aquatic Therapy for the Female Client

Location: Rochester, MN (Located approximately 90 minutes from MSP airport)

Dates: April 29-30, 2017

Hours: 16 hours

Credits through FSBPT: 16 hours

Instructor: Kimberly Gordon, MPT, MAqI, GAqI

ATU Course #: GS810

Cost: $595

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This in-depth 16 hour training module includes an extensive aquatic lab portion. Woman can benefit from aquatic therapy at so many points in their lives. This class is designed to address the unique rehab needs of the female client and why water often works better to tackle these needs. Students will learn innovative aquatic interventions for:

· high and low risk pregnancies,

· osteoporosis,

· fibromyalgia,

· s/p breast cancer (mastectomy) and

· common musculoskeletal complaints (such as SI dysfunction)

Leave this first-ever specialized training with a battery of treatment options for all that ails womankind, including: spinal stabilization; Watsu; functional skills training; progressive resistive exercise; proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); aquatic manual therapy, post-mastectomy stretching; edema management and more.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if the patient (a) is suffering pregnancy-related conditions such as edema and back pain; (b) has postural abnormalities due to osteoporosis or osteopenia; (c) has fibromyalgia; (d) is recovering from a mastectomy; or (e) is suffering from a musculoskeletal injury common to women (lecture)

2. Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the female patient. Understand the unique rehab needs of the pregnant, osteoporotic, pain, oncology and musculoskeletal clients (lecture).

3. Participate in a 10-15 minute mock inservice designed to teach rehab professionals or physicians about the benefit of aquatic therapy for at least 1 of these populations (lecture)

4. Verbalize the difference between functional improvement and patient satisfaction. Locate literature which supports the need to address patient satisfaction in order to improve outcomes (lecture)

5. Find recent scientific literature, including outcomes studies, which supports aquatic therapy for the female client (lecture)

6. Experience the difference between deck-based instruction and hands-on, in-water therapy and verbalize the distinction to a colleague. Demonstrate, through role playing, the ability to incorporate appropriate hands-on care into aquatic therapy to increase healing and patient satisfaction (lab)

7. Demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the female client): Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs); Deep water unloading; Aquatic manual therapy and stretching; Functional skills training; Progressive resistive exercise; Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); Trunk stabilization/ Core training; Watsu (lab)

8. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

·          Decrease edema

·          Increase bone density

·          Increase ROM

·          Minimize contractures and scarring

·          Create alternative cognitive pathways for functional task engrams

·          Decrease pain

·          Improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception

·          Increase strength

·          Improve motor planning (lab)

9. Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab)

10. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:

·          Pregnancy related back pain and edema

·          Postural abnormalities s/p osteopenia/osteoporosis

·          Mastectormy related scarring, pain and ROM restrictions

·          Fibromyalgia (lab)

Target Audience

PT's, PTA's, OT's, COTA's, SLP's, and other aquatic professionals.


Day 1

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-12:00 Lecture

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:45 Pool lab

3:45-4:00 Energy break

4:00-5:30 Pool lab

5:30-5:45 Wrap-Up and Questions

Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:30 Pool lab

3:30-3:45 Energy break

3:45-5:15 Pool lab

5:15-5:30 Wrap-up and questions

Lecture Location

Shorewood Senoir Campus

2115 2nd Street SW

Rochester, MN 55902

Come and see this brand new facility! Just opened in November of 2015. Lecture will take place in their conference room and the lab will take place in their brand new pool. The pool space includes a large warm water therapy pool that has a ramp, stairs, and graduated depths. It also includes a Hydroworx treadmill that we will spend some time using as well!


If you are flying into the Minneapolis airport, there is a shuttle service to Rochester. Please visit to schedule a ride.

If you are flying into the Rochester airport, most hotels provide shuttle service to/from the Rochester airport.


There are several hotels near Shorewood:

Holiday Inn Express on 2nd Street

Courtyard by Marriott on 2nd Street

SpringHill Suites on 2nd Street

Meet your Instructor

Kimberly Gordon, MPT, MAqI, GAqI

Tracks: Musculo, Geriatric, Sports

Kimberly Gordon, MPT graduated from Mayo Clinic's School of Health Related Sciences with her Master's degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL where her case-load included orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gait dysfunction. She went on to manage a branch for that company in Bradenton, FL. Upon moving back to Rochester, MN, she spent time working in a local nursing home, helping to develop their short term rehab program to increase the number of joint replacement patients in the facility and to better manage these patients as a team in the nursing home. She then moved into a home health physical therapy position, bringing innovative ideas to the patient returning from a hospital or nursing home stay after surgery or trauma, including many with new joint replacement patients.

She currently works at both the Rochester Active PT office and the Plainview ActivePT office (managing the Plainview office) where she specializes in treating orthopedic patients both in and out of the therapy pool. Her specialty is treating pelvic, hip and knee patients and the majority of her patients come with women's health, orthopedic and sports medicine complaints.

Kim has over 11 years of treating primarily orthopedic patients with 7 of those years specializing in sports medicine. Kim also has over 200 hours of continuing education including SI joint dysfunction, Shoulder rehabilitation presented by Kevin Wilk, pelvic floor training through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute, a certification course in Pilates training and specializes in Pilates. She also teaches a Pilates class at the Rochester Athletic Club and has devoloped specialized classes for the athletic club including Back School, return to Pilates after rehabilitiation, and prenatal Pilates.

Kim's area of specialty is the hip and pelvis. This includes pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and hip pain, total joint replacements, and SI dysfunction. She has trained for 3 years with Aquatic Therapy University, achieving lead instructor status under their extensive instructor's curriculum. Kim offers specialty training in the following through her affiliation with ActivePT.

  • Pilates
  • Back School
  • Osteoporosis

Kim lives in Rochester with her husband and two children. She enjoys playing soccer, biking, and running, has completed her first duathalon, and continues to compete in annual half marathons throughout the midwest.

Cancellation Policy


Programming Changes: Due to unforeseen circumstances, ATU schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice.

Cancellation of Class By ATU: ATU classes may be cancelled for low registration up to 30 days prior to the class. In this event, a full refund of class tuition or a voucher to another class will be issued to students. ATU does not reimburse change fees, airline tickets or any other travel related expenses, so please do not make plans until you receive the 30-day confirmation prior to the conference.

Cancellation of Class by Student: A refund, minus a $175 reseating fee, will be given for student cancellations made prior to 30 days before the conference. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 30 day deadline. In the event of a student cancellation after the deadline, enrollment fees may be transferred to other ATU courses within 12 months at no charge.

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