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Aquatic Therapy Polyclinic for the Shoulder, Neck & Thoracic Spine

$0.00 - $5,995.00
Your facility
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16.0 hours
MS803 (Intermediate)
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An 16 hr. training module packed into 2 days (4 hr. Boot Camp plus 14 hr. main course). Includes over 12 hours of hands-on pool + land labs.


How many times have you looked at your neck and shoulder patients and not known what else to do for -- or to --  them? Should you move them to deeper water? Bring out the mask and snorkel (Right! No one likes wet hair and racoon eyes!)? Or just discharge them to land? Finally! Attend a class designed to provide evidence-based support for treating the shoulder, cervical and thoracic patient in water – then take to the water for 12 hours to practice these techniques.


This class will focus exclusively on the shoulder complex and upper spine and it will examine recent research which supports aquatic therapy for this population. Even better? On Monday morning, be prepared to make a compelling argument for incorporating aquatic therapy into many post-surgical shoulder protocols where you have heretofore feared to tread!


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

1.      Describe 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; (d) the patient is in the early or mid phases of rehab after shoulder or neck surgery (lecture)


2.      Demonstrate correct procedure for Tegaderm application over recent shoulder surgical incision. Verbalize the appropriate timeline for immersion s/p surgery (lecture/land lab)


3.      List 4 primary muscle groups involved in cervical spinal stabilization. Discuss local vs. global muscle function and control as it pertains to cervical spinal stabilization. Describe 3 common postural deviations and muscle firing patterns found in individuals with chronic neck pain (lecture)


4.      Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the headache, neck pain and shoulder dysfunction patient (lecture)


5.      Document medical necessity for aquatic therapy and locate what payers (including Medicare) have to say about its use for the shoulder and neck dysfunction patient (lecture)


6.      Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a shoulder or neck dysfunction patient, including an appropriate plan for returning patient to land-based exercise and function. Be able to identify and locate supportive research to bolster case (lecture)


7.      Match 2-3 mock patient scenarios with the specific aquatic postural correction and/or cervical spinal stabilization techniques that are most appropriate (lab)


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


9.      Integrate aquatic-based interventions into 3 common post-operative shoulder protocols. Choose and progress exercises, stretches and functional tasks which match the phases of rehab and will not injure healing tissues or delay rehab (lab)


10.   Demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the shoulder/neck client): modified weight bearing, scapular and spinal stabilization, Ai Chi, Functional skills training; Progressive resistive exercise; Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); aquatic manual therapy and stretching, and Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (ABDs). (lab)


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

·         Frozen shoulder

·         Rotator cuff tear (conservative management)

·         S/p shoulder rotator cuff surgery

·         S/p shoulder stabilization surgery

·         Acute and chronic cervical spine dysfunction  (lab)

Typical 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
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:40 Pool lab

3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-5:45 Pool lab


Day 2
8:30-12:00 Lecture
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:40 Pool lab

3:40-4:00 Energy break
4:00-5:45 Pool lab
5:45-6:00 Wrap-up and questions

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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