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Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic for the Female Client

$0.00 - $5,995.00
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16.0 hours
GS810 (Intermediate)
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18 hr. training module packed into 2 days (4 hr. Boot Camp plus 14 hr. main course). Includes over 12 hours of pool time.


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.






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)


ATU Schedule


Friday AM (Bootcamp)
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-10:45 Lecture
10:45-12:45 Pool lab


Friday PM (Main course)
1:30-2:00 Registration (new arrivals)
2:00-5:00 Lecture
5:00-5:45 Supper
5:45-8:45 Pool lab


8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:45 Pool lab
3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-6:00 Pool lab



MARS Rebate

Short for Marketing, Advertising and Registration Service, this add-on is designed to help you preserve valuable resources and defray training costs when you open up your polyclinics to outside therapists. Going "open" allows you to transfer your registration worries to us as we employ our extensive online web presence to find you new attendees. Why? Because each new registrant we bring in earns you a $300 rebate, up to $2400 max. In other words, if we find 8 outside attendees, you get your class for half-price!

ATU Inside℠ Staff Certification

Sign up for this value-packed add-on and we will provide you with two ATU Inside℠ window decals and a year's supply of customized marketing brochures for display in your lobby for. We also will mail up to 25 brochures to any referring physicians or clinics in your area to that you specify. Let the world know that your therapists have been trained by the best!

CEU Pre-Approval Service

Don't have the time or staff to fill out the myriad forms required by your state licensing board? Let our continuing-education experts handle all the paperwork headaches. We will apply for CEU pre-approvals and pay any fees required by your state PT and OT and SLP agencies for you so your therapists can concentrate on their clients.

Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp DVD Pre-Study Module

We will send you one DVD of our time-tested Aqautic Therapy Boot Camp, good for 4.0 credit hours. Facilities choose this add-on to allow their staff to prepare in advance without the need for pool downtime. Take this module at your leisure during lunches or take-home sessions. Comes with enough manuals for your entire staff.

Pre-Conference Site Survey

Is your pool under-utilized? Patient census down? Insurers slow to pay? We can help with that! Just sign up for our day-long Site Survey Add-On and our consultants will tour your facility, browse your policies and procedures and review your marketing materials. We will then recommend best-practice improvements to your staffing, training, programming and billing functions to help turn your operations around and become profitable again. Visit typically scheduled the day before polyclinic, but can be after. Price is $2000 for one-day visit and consult, $1000 for 1/2 day. Add-On includes 2-hr question-and-answer forum and a bound Site Survey Report.

While ATU strives to present as small a footprint as possible to our valued customers, there is still a number of responsibilities we ask our facilities to fulfill . Here are some of those tasks:

Minimum Equipment List

A minimum equipment list is to be provided by the host facility. This is the pool equipment needed by the instructor to teach the polyclinic. This is to be either in possession or purchased by the start of class. ATU will provide the facility with the required MEL within 4 weeks of class as well as make a good faith effort to keep this list to the minimum needed for your staff to practice and treat patients with after we leave.


As host, you are free to administer your polyclinic as you see fit. While some facilities provide lunches and energy breaks to their staff during in-services, others release their staff to get lunch on their own. Either way you decide, please remember to treat all your attendees as you would your own staff. 

Pool Temperature

Water temperature should be kept as close to 91-93 degrees as possible to maximize attention span and minimize hypothermia during our 3-4 hour-long lab sessions. The air temp should also be kept within 10 degrees of the water temp. While we will hold the polyclinic no matter the temperature, you may want to consider holding the class at another pool in your area if your site cannot accommodate this range.


A point-of-contact is needed who is familiar with your facility and able to help coordinate and pre-plan the polyclinic with  ATU staff and instructor. This person will need to provide equipment lists, campus maps, directions, pool layouts and floor diagrams, as needed. Also, the facilitator should be available all days of the polyclinic to help set up the classroom, ready equipment for the labs, meet and orient the instructror, open up the facility and arrange for catering.

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