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Hands-On Aquatic Therapy Techniques for the Ortho/Neuro Therapist

$0.00 - $5,995.00
Ortho/Neuro/Gen Studies
Credit Hours:
19.0 CCUs
GS721 (Beginning)
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Polyclinic Add-Ons
Facility Duties

This course has been Super-Sized!
Now approved for 19 CCUs by FSBPT.
That's 3 free credits!




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. You will be exposed to most of the popular aquatic techniques currently being used in clinics across the globe -- and learn 2 or 3 new ones. Why sit through boring 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 musculoskeletal and neurological patients. And you’ll have a blast doing it.


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


2. Understand how to justify the choice of treating the ortho/neuro client in the water.


3. Demonstrate an understanding of the indications, precautions, benefits and applications of the most common aquatic techniques including:

  • Manual therapy
  • Trunk and shoulder stabilization
  • Functional skills training
  • Salzman's Blanket Drills
  • Aquatic Adaptations of the Berg
  • Yoga
  • Plyometrics
  • Pilates, and
  • Introduction of exercises/flowsloosely-based on clinical applications of Watsu®, Halliwick®, Ai Chi and the Bad Ragaz Ring Method®. (Note: this 16-hr survey class does not classically teach these techniques, nor will it certify participants. Instead it teaches clinicians to capitalize on clinical pearls derived from these models.)


4. Demonstrate an understanding of the hydrodynamic and thermal principles behind each aquatic technique in order to:

  • Increase ROM
  • Improve strength, power, speed and agility
  • Decrease hypertonicity
  • Decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • Improve trunk and shoulder stability
  • Improve balance and proprioception, and
  • Improve functional skills.


5. Design progressions blending a variety of aquatic therapy techniques and using each technique at the appropriate stage in rehabilitation.


6. Examine and modify a sample protocol by seamlessly integrating appropriate aquatic techniques into the land-based protocol.


Sample Schedule

Though our classes are designed to fit your schedule, lectures will preceed pool labs. If you opt for the DVD lecture, the remaining seven hours of pool lab would be held on a single day at your facility. These labs could be contiguous or broken up into morning, noon and evening sessions to minimize your pool down-time.


Day 1
8:00 AM ~ Lecture/Video
9:30 AM ~ Pool Lab
1:00 PM ~ Lunch
1:45 PM ~ Lecture/Video
3:15 PM ~ Pool Lab
6:15 PM ~ Questions & Wrap-up

6:30 PM ~ Dismissal

Day 2
8:00 AM ~ Pool Lab
11:00 PM ~ Lunch
11:45 PM ~ Lecture/Video
1:00 PM ~ Pool Lab
3:00 PM ~ Questions & wrap-up
3:30 PM ~ Dismissal



For those managers or directors that want to order this course for their staff, the following add-ons are available:


ATU Insideâ„  Staff Certification

Sign up for this value-packed add-on and we will provide you with two ATU Insideâ„  window decals and a year's supply of customized marketing brochures for display in your lobby for. We can also provide you with up to 25 brochures for you to send any referring physicians or clinics in your area. Let the world know that you have a leg up on the competition and that your therapists have been trained by the very 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 up to 10 manuals and  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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