Get ready to get stuffed, saturated and wrinkled! This “how-to” seminar will put your body in the pool for 2 unbelievably extensive days of skill acquisition (16 hours of class; over 10 hours of pool lab). Think of this as the Appetizer Sampler of Aquatic Therapy seminars for both the adult and pediatric populations. You will be exposed to 10 popular aquatic techniques currently being used in clinics across the globe -- and learn 2 or 3 new ones. Why sit for 16 hours of lecture on theory? Instead, get in the water and learn hands-on handling techniques that will leave you with new, concrete skills and the confidence to apply them to your patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. And you’ll have a blast doing it.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to:
1. Verbalize the difference between "functional improvement" and "patient satisfaction" as defined by the PMR literature.
2. Design a 2-week and 2-month executable plan designed to improve patient care by addressing both functional improvement and patient satisfaction through aquatic therapy.
2. Using the PEDro scale, appraise the merit of research which supports the need to address patient satisfaction in order to improve outcomes
3. Verbally compare and contrast precautions, indications and benefits of aquatic therapy for the most common orthopedic and neurological conditions seen in the pool.
4. Demonstrate the ability to manipulate hydrodynamic properties during pool lab by using the proper sequences and control techniques.
5. Demonstrate the ability to perform 2-3 movements or activities from each of these techniques:
- progressive resistive exercise,
- proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation,
- active stretching,
- trunk stabilization,
- functional skills training,
- Salzman's Blanket Drills,
- Aquatic Adaptations of the Berg,
- passive stretching and manual therapy
- and exercises/flows loosely based on Watsu, T'ai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, adapted aquatics.
6. Execute 3-4 scenarios using pool-based role play, including making corrections in a partner's execution of these techniques.
5. Demonstrate the ability to make 3-4 aquatic choices based on the skilled combination of evidence, values and experience.
6. In a pool lab environment, with a partner: propose, execute and then evaluate water-based solutions designed to: increase ROM,improve strength,decrease hypertonicity, decrease pain,improve trunk stability,improve balance and proprioception, and improve functional skills.
7. Demonstrate consistency in ability to execute solutions by teaching a newly learned skill to a partner.
***PT preapproval applied for these 36 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. If you are a PT in another state, please email as it is often possible to obtain individual approval in advance of the course for a nominal fee. OTs please email for information.