Archive: CSM 2013: Aquatic Physical Therapy Programming

  • This is archived programming for CSM 2013. See current programming.

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    Sunday, January 20 | Monday, January 21 | Tuesday, January 22 | Wednesday, January 23 | Thursday, January 24 

    * Should you choose to preselect regular (not preconference) Tuesday-Thursday sessions during the registration process, please be advised that preselection is not a guarantee of a seat. Attendees are asked to preselect to better determine room size and all efforts will be made to accommodate sessions in the largest rooms possible. All attendees are encouraged to show up to sessions early. Attendees are also encouraged to select alternative sessions in the event their first choice is full. 

    Sunday, January 20 (Preconference)

    Introduction to AquaStretch™: A New Aquatic Manual Therapy Technique

    Location: Hilton Gaslamp | Marina AB

    Time: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

    Speakers: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS

    Level: Intermediate

    CEUs: 0.7 (7.0 contact hours/CCUs)

    Preconference Pricing: Standard Plus (1B)

    AquaStretch™ is a myofascial release technique performed in shallow water. AquaStretch™ breaks down fascial adhesions using a combination of the facilitator/therapist's manual pressure and the client/patient's active movement, quickly restoring flexibility and reducing pain. AquaStretch™ promotes relaxation, which helps to improve function, quality of life, and sleep, and the overall ability to heal. This 1-day introductory course will cover the basic applications of AquaStretch™. Topics include starting positions and grips for several techniques. The attendees will practice AquaStretch™ procedures, including dialoguing with patients/clients regarding pain and grips/holds for several body regions.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Explain the basic AquaStretch™ theories, including enhanced flexibility, stretch resistance, fascial adhesions, and intuitive movement.
    • Safely perform at least 4-6 basic starting positions and grips within the AquaStretch™ program.
    • Effectively cue and perform the basic AquaStretch™ procedure.
    • Discuss appropriate water depth and equipment usage, including safe application and removal of weights.

    Monday, January 21 (Preconference)

    The Burdenko Method: Therapeutic Applications

    Location: Hilton Gaslamp | Marina AB

    Time: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

    Speakers: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS

    Level: Intermediate

    CEUs: 0.8 (8.0 contact hours/CCUs)

    Preconference Pricing: Standard Plus (1B)

    The Burdenko Method is an active therapeutic approach using interplay between gravity and buoyancy to facilitate healing and minimize dysfunction for clients of all ages, levels, and diagnoses. The speaker will present basic principles of the Burdenko Method, followed by a water exercise lab to reinforce these principles. At the end of the course, the attendees will be able to apply the basic principles to design exercises to meet the specific needs of their patients by targeting the 6 essential qualities of movement: balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance, speed, and strength.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • State the 6 qualities of movement addressed in the Burdenko Method.
    • Apply the basic principles and therapeutic benefits of the Burdenko Method to a variety of patient populations.
    • Implement the basic principles of the Burdenko Method into exercise prescription.
    • Select, design, and instruct patients in exercises that correspond to the 6 essential qualities of movement within the Burdenko Method.

    Tuesday, January 22

    Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise for Patients With Multiple Complex Conditions

    Joint Program: Orthopaedics

    Time: 11:00 am–1:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Lori T. Brody, PT, PhD, SCS

    Level: Multiple Level

    Patients referred for aquatic physical therapy frequently have multiple musculoskeletal or multi-system involvement. While the application of aquatic environment principles is clear in many situations, the patient with multiple musculoskeletal conditions or involvement of more than one system can prove challenging. Patients coming to physical therapy for the treatment of low back pain may also have significant contributing factors such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or human immunodeficiency virus, to name a few. These patients may prefer and be more successful exercising in a pool due to the challenges of land-based therapeutic exercise. However, dosing therapeutic exercise in the water requires careful consideration of the trade-offs between viscosity and buoyancy, mobility and stability, and functional speed and resistance. This program will incorporate the principles of aquatic therapeutic exercise with the pathology, impairments, and activity limitations seen in patients with complex musculoskeletal presentations.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Identify which patients with multiple joint and/or multisystem involvement will make good candidates for aquatic therapeutic exercise.
    • Compare and contrast among physical properties of the water and the challenges they pose to different body regions and systems.
    • Establish and progress an appropriate dose of aquatic therapeutic exercise for patients with multiple joint and/or multisystem involvement.
    • Identify and develop strategies to address barriers to ongoing participation in a structured aquatic rehabilitation program.
    • Determine criteria for progression from a rehabilitation model to a wellness model.

    Wednesday, January 23

    Aquatic Physical Therapy to Improve Balance Dysfunction in Older Adults

    Joint Program: Neurology

    Time: 3:00 pm–5:00 pm (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: David M. Morris, PT, PhD

    Level: Basic

    Balance dysfunction and falls-related injuries represent serious public health issues, resulting in great expense and human suffering. The physical problems leading to balance dysfunction include musculoskeletal-related structural limitations, diminished sensory capabilities, motor coordination deficits, and loss of anticipatory control mechanisms. The water has been described as an effective environment for addressing balance dysfunction through both rehabilitation and fitness activities. This session will address the underlying physical problems leading to balance dysfunction, provides a rationale for using aquatic therapy to positively influence balance control, and present evidence to support the use of aquatic physical therapy for the management of balance dysfunction.

    Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

    • Describe body structure and function problems that lead to balance dysfunction and resulting activity limitations in older adults.
    • Discuss the benefits of using an aquatic environment for interventions to improve balance dysfunction in older adults.
    • Discuss evidence to support the use of aquatic physical therapy for improving balance in older adults.

    Thursday, January 24

    Maximizing Your Plan of Care: Aquatic Therapy After Total Joint Replacement Surgery

    Joint Program: Geriatrics

    Time: 8:00 am–10:00 am (See Program for Room)

    Speakers: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS

    Level: Intermediate

    According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 1,000,000 total joint replacement surgeries are performed annually in the United States. The aquatic environment is ideal for functional exercise throughout the stages of rehabilitation for this population. This course integrates current evidence-based research with practical clinical “pearls” for aquatic rehabilitation for patients with total shoulder, hip, and knee joint replacement surgery. This course focuses on clinical decision-making, centering on progressions of aquatic exercise and integration with land-based treatments.

    Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

    • Medically justify the use of aquatic therapy in the postoperative rehabilitation of patients who have undergone total hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacement.
    • Describe postsurgical precautions and treatment considerations in patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery for hip, knee, or shoulder joints.
    • Discuss current research related to aquatic therapy and total joint replacement rehabilitation.
    • Progress aquatic interventions to improve ROM, gait, and balance in patients after total joint replacement surgery.
    • Integrate aquatic- and land-based exercise programs to improve patient function.