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Water-Based Interventions for the Musculoskeletal Therapist (Puerto Rico)

 
$595.00
Dates:
July 21 - 22, 2018
Location:
San Juan, PR
Hours:
16.0
Instructor:
Debbie Torrellas, LMT, ATP
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Host Facility

Float Aqua Wellness Center 
Glasgow Ave. 1768 College Park
San Juan, PR  00921

            This Class is Full!

 

 

Note: this class is being run by our Caribbean Campus affiliate, Float Therapy Services. Payment is by money order only for the moment. Clicking the Add to Cart button will take you away from the ATU website and redirect you to the Float payment page. Please review their cancellation and refund policies carefully before registering.

 

 

ABOUT THIS 2-DAY LAB-INTENSIVE COURSE

 

The course is designed to rapidly introduce participants to basic and intermediate aquatic treatment ideas for the musculoskeletal patient. It will provide an overview of treatments pertinent to pediatric, adult and geriatric practices, with an emphasis on the following musculoskeletal conditions: s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation, s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR), s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL), arthritis, chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia), and back and neck dysfunction. Provides participants with insight into musculoskeletal-specific precautions and contraindications to immersion. Teaches participants to justify aquatic therapy interventions to payers and referral sources. Includes an 8 hour aquatic lab of the most clinically useful elements of  popular aquatic specialty techniques for the musculoskeletal population.



LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the patient is in pain, or (c) if the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (d) the patient has lower extremity swelling.
     
  2. Verbally describe 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.
     
  3. Given a case scenario, make an argument for and against the relative merits of allowing patients with a specific precaution to participate in aquatic therapy.
     
  4. Gather, organize, and synthesize information regarding what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.
     
  5. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a patient with a specific musculoskeletal condition. Be able to identify, locate, and analyze supportive research to bolster your case.
     
  6. With supervision and insruction, progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence. Repeat without supervision or instruction.
     
  7. Demonstrate 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:
  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • improve trunk stability
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • improve functional skills

    and critique each other's demonstrations.

7. Select, justify the choice, then demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the client with musculoskeletal complaints):

  • Aquatic adaptations of the Berg
  • Aquatic manual therapy and stretching
  • Aquatic yoga
  • Bad Ragaz Ring Method
  • Functional skills training
  • Progressive resistive exercise
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Salzman Blanket Drills (SBDs)
  • Trunk stabilization
  • Watsu
     

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

  • s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation
  • s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR)
  • s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL)
  • arthritis
  • chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • back and neck dysfunction

 



TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is  primarily for  professionals  during  their  first  2 years of concentrated effort performing aquatic therapy. Those  likely  to  benefit  most are:  PTAs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATCs who are at the basic or intermediate level of skill acquisition and/or 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. This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculo Track.

 


 

SCHEDULE

7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-12:00 Lecture (15 min energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and change for pool
1:00-5:15 Pool lab (15 min energy break at 3:00)
5:15-5:30 Wrap Up

Day 2

8:00-12:00 Lecture (15 min energy break at 10:00)
12:00-1:00 Lunch and change for pool
1:00-5:15 Pool lab (15 min energy break at 3:00)
5:15-5:30 Wrap Up and Discussion


MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Debbie Torrellas, LMT, WP, RYT, ATPI

Debbie is Director of ATU's Caribbean Campus as well as Owner and Director of Float Aqua Wellness Center of San Juan, PR. She has 11 years in aquatics as a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified Watsu Therapist, certified Ratha Yoga Teacher and an ATU Aquatic Therapy Professional Instructor. She designes and instructs alternative modalities in water as AcuaYogi Method, KinAqua Flow levels 1-3. Aquatic Therapy Pool Consultant. Recognized as Women Professional of the Year 2009. She is passionately dedicated to provide tailored and confidential, proven services as the best solution to overcome any kind of health challenges. From personal experience and training she has demonstrated the success of her programs through actual life testimonies and medical referral satisfaction. 

 

 


ATU CREDENTIALING
 

This is a 700 series class (teaches Basic-Intermediate skills). This class is a required class for individuals seeking ATU Credentialing in the Musculo Track.

 


 

Applicability for PTs/PTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Physical therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

Applicability for OTs/OTAs

CPT Code 97113 (Aquatic Therapy) is a designated code for the technique of aquatic therapy. Aquatic therapy is a recognized procedure by the American Medical Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Occupational therapists and assistants are recognized providers of aquatic therapy in all states and by most payers, including Medicare and Medicaid.The provision of aquatic therapy is not entry-level knowledge; providers need specialized training to practice with this population in the unique environment provided by a therapy pool.

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