A 16.5-hour training module designed to provide evidence-based support for treating the low back, neck and chronic pain patient in water – 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, Burdenko Method and more.
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 (lecture)
Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the chronic pain and spinal dysfunction patient (lecture)
List 4 primary muscle groups involved in lumbar stabilization. Discuss local vs. global muscle function and control as it pertains to lumbar stabilization. Describe 3 common postural deviations and muscle firing patterns found in individuals with chronic neck pain (lecture)
Document medical necessity for aquatic therapy and locate what payers (including Medicare) have to say about its use for the chronic pain and spinal dysfunction patient (lecture)
Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a chronic pain and spinal 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)
Match 2-3 mock patient scenarios with the specific aquatic postural correction and/or lumbar stabilization techniques that are most appropriate (lab)
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 engage patient participation (lab)
Understand the basic principles of the Burdenko Method and apply them to aquatic lumbar stabilization (lab)
9.Working with a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:
* Fibromyalgia and other pain disorders
* Chronic cervical spine dysfunction
* Chronic thoracic and rib dysfunction
* Chronic lumbar dysfunction (lab)