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Aquatic Treatment of Lymphedema and Cancer-Related Disorders

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16.0 hrs
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This 16 hr. mixed class addresses rehab needs of the cancer client and the medically-fragile child by presenting specialized training including: Watsu; functional skills training; progressive resistive exercise; proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); aquatic manual therapy, post-mastectomy stretching; edema and lymphedema management and more.


LEARNING OBJECTIVESUpon 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 from lymphedema;
    (b) has postural abnormalities due to surgical scarring;
    (c) has chronic or post-operative pain;
    (d) is weak and deconditioned due to chemotherapy and/or radiation.

2. Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the patient with lymphedema and/or cancer.

3. Participate in a 10-15 minute mock inservice designed to teach rehab professionals or physicians  about the benefit of aquatic therapy for the patient with cancer.

4. Find recent scientific literature, including outcomes studies, which supports aquatic therapy for the
    lymphedema and/or other cancer-related disorders

5. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks,  or exercises designed to:

    * Decrease edema/lymphedema
    * Increase ROM
    * Minimize contractures and scarring
    * Decrease pain
    * Improve posture
    * Increase strength and reduce deconditioning

6. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute  aquatic treatment plan (including equipment
    selection) for the following:

    * Lymphedema
    * Scarring, pain and ROM restrictions
    * Weakness and deconditioning

Target Audience:

The  course  is  designed  primarily for  professionals  who have a minimum of 500 hours of aquatic experience or those who have attended or viewed the Aquatic Therapy Boot Camp training. Those  likely  to  benefit  most are:  PTAs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATCs who are at the intermediate level of skill acquisition and those who are at a higher level of skill, but who are looking for a survey course that provides a sample of most aquatic therapy techniques currently practiced.


Day 1

7:00-8:00 Registration/Breakfast (Provided)
8:00-10:00 Lecture & land lab
10:00-10:15 Energy break
10:15-12:00 Lecture & land lab
12:00-1:00 Brunch (Provided)
1:00-3:00 Pool lab
3:00-3:15 Energy break
3:15-5:15 Pool lab

5:15-5:30 Wrap-up

Day 2

8:00-10:00 Lecture & land lab
10:00-10:15 Energy break
10:15-12:00 Lecture & land lab
12:00-1:00 Brunch (Provided)
1:00-3:00 Pool lab
3:00-3:15 Energy break
3:15-5:15 Pool lab

5:15-5:30 Wrap-up

Total = 16.0 hours

  • Our classes are taught by board-certified therapists and physicians 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 General Studies or Geriatric Track.


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