3306 – Corrective and Functional Low Back Exercises

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Washington, DC / Wednesday, February 20, 2019– 7:30 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Classroom: 7:30-11:00 am

Lunch on own: 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Indoor Pool: 12:00-3:00 pm

Classroom: 3:00-5:00 pm


Chicago, IL / Friday, April 12, 2019 – 7:30 am-4:30 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Indoor Pool: 7:30-9:30 am

Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am

Indoor Pool: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Lunch on own: 1:00-2:00 pm

Classroom: 2:00-4:30 pm


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC



(Please note: This course has been updated with new material.)

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints in the adult population. Often muscle imbalance and poor mechanics are present before the person reports pain. The aquatic environment provides an ideal environment to correct these imbalances, reduce pain and progress functional strengthening. This course will present common movement impairments found with lower back dysfunction and provide aquatic exercise progressions to restore muscle imbalance and function.


Lecture will focus on recognizing/ diagnosing movement dysfunction, best research and clinical pearls to assist the aquatic therapist in clinical reasoning to develop an effective aquatic, rehabilitative exercise program.  The pool lab portion will concentrate on facilitating ideal movement to correct impairments including techniques to relax and stretch tight muscles combined with exercise progressions challenging all three planes of movement to strengthen and restore function.



1)  Describe at least four common movement impairments seen in people with lower back dysfunction and/or pain.

2)  Incorporate current research to clinical application decisions when designing aquatic exercise for individuals with lower back dysfunction and/or pain.

3)  Apply manual release and stretch techniques to various muscles known to be overactive in lower back dysfunction including hamstrings, hip flexors, quadratus lumborum and lumbar paraspinals.

4)  Instruct, cue and progress aquatic exercise for correction of movement dysfunction in all three planes for individuals with lower back dysfunction and/or pain.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.