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Justifiable Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic for the Low Back, Neck & Chronic Pain

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16.0 hours
MS801 (Intermediate)
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A 16-hour training designed to provide evidence-based support for treating the patient with low back, neck and chronic pain  – and then to practice these techniques in water.


Will focus exclusively on spinal and chronic pain patients. Examines recent research findings which support aquatic therapy for this population. Provides detailed instruction of the following techniques as relates to the low back and pain patients: PNF, Spinal Stabilization, manual therapy and more.




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.   After learning aquatic precautions and contraindications, create an individualized list specific to the chronic pain and spinal dysfunction patient.


3.    Compare and contrast 4 primary muscle groups involved in lumbar stabilization and local vs. global muscle function/control as it pertains to lumbar stabilization.


4.    Describe 3 common postural deviations and muscle firing patterns found in individuals with chronic neck pain


5.   Develop goal-driven documentation and demonstrate medical necessity for aquatic therapy and locate what payers (including Medicare) have to say about its use for the treatment of chronic pain and spinal dysfunction.


6.   Synthesize a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a patient with chronic pain and spinal dysfunction, including an appropriate plan for returning the patient to land-based exercise and function. Identify, locate, and critique supportive research to bolster case.


7.   Given 2-3 mock patient scenarios, choose and demonstrate the specific aquatic postural correction and/or lumbar stabilization techniques that are most appropriate for the patient's unique needs.


8.   Progress a specific aquatic task (such as lumbar stabilization) from a lower level of function towards increased independence. Demonstrate skilled use of verbal and tactile cueing to encourage patient participation.


9. Working with a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

·       Fibromyalgia and other pain disorders

·       Chronic cervical spine dysfunction

·       Chronic thoracic and rib dysfunction

·      Chronic lumbar dysfunction





7:30 Registration
8- 10:30 Lecture/Land Lab
10:30-1:30 Pool Lab
1:30-2:15 Change after pool and Lunch
2:15-3:30 Lecture/Land Lab
3:30-6:15 Pool Lab
6:15-6:30 Wrap-up



8- 11:30 Lecture/Land Lab
11:30-12:15 Lunch and Change for pool
12:15-2:45 Pool Lab
2:45-3:00 Wrap-up
2:00-2:45 Change for pool
2:45-5:30 Pool lab
5:30-6:00 Wrap-up




This seminar is designed for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and others with previous experience in aquatic therapy. Participants should have practiced in aquatic setting for a minimum of 500 hours in order to fully participate in class lecture and labs. This class is an elective course in the musculoskeletal and geriatric tracks for ATU credentialing.



  • Our classes are taught by board-certified therapists and physicians with Masters degrees and above who have extensive aquatic experience. Our instructors will teach you the essentials you need to know in order to get you started with your aquatic therapy career.

  • Our teaching style is entirely hands-on and personal. You will first be introduced to new concepts and techniques during classroom lectures after which you will transition into the pool to tactilly apply what you have learned. Classes are capped at 25-30 students to insure all attendees receive the one-on-one personalized attention we are known for.

  • Because learning is a continual process, all students will go home with a class manual that reinforces the concepts covered in class. They also get a free 1-year membership to Aquatic Resources Network's online research, support forums and equipment discounts.


This is a 800 series class (teaches Intermediate skills). This class is an elective class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculoskeletal or Geriatric tracks.



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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