Aquatic Therapy Day


Wednesday, October 18, 8:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
Justifiable Aquatic Therapy for the Low Back, Neck, Shoulder and Chronic Pain

An 8 hour hands-on training designed to provide evidence-based ideas for treating the patient with low back, neck, shoulder and chronic pain – and then to practice these techniques in water. Includes summaries of recent research findings which support aquatic therapy for these populations. Includes 4-hour warm water lab. Transportation to pool lab provided by NSPF. Preapproved for 8 CCUs from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) which is accepted in 30 states for licensure renewal.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Given sufficient published evidence, justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is in pain or experiencing muscle spasm, (b) the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (c) the patient is unable to exercise in a gravity-dominant environment.
  2. Create an evidence-supported list of precautions and contraindications relevant to therapists working with patients with chronic pain, back or neck pain, and/or shoulder conditions.
  3. Demonstrate medical necessity for aquatic therapy by use of appropriate justification language as requested by payers.
  4. Safely introduce 10 aquatic exercises into a post-operative protocol for rotator cuff repair.
  5. Design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan for 1-2 of the following conditions: Fibromyalgia and other global pain disorders; Low back pain; Neck pain; Shoulder diagnoses.