2506 – Dystonia and Parkinson’s Aquatic Techniques

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Maryanne Haggerty, MS



Examine current information on Dystonia and Parkinson’s and how aquatic exercise impacts the management of this condition. In order to effectively handle various types of Dystonia and Parkinson’s and the different stages and conditions that a patient is faced with each day, it is imperative that the aquatic therapist is not only equipped with the latest research, but also has the ability to quickly adapt to patients’ therapeutic needs. Learn effective aquatic techniques for Dystonia and Parkinson’s and the differences between the conditions and their treatments. Individual variances will be addressed, along with the ability of the aquatic therapist to adapt to the changing symptoms by using aquatic techniques that are applicable to these neurological conditions. 



At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

1.     Determine which aquatic techniques are best suited for the individual’s type of Dystonia and current symptoms.

2.     Adapt to the patient’s changing symptoms and condition by focusing on core, balance, flexibility and self-myofascial release for the individual with Dystonia.

3.     Evaluate aquatic techniques that are best for the individual with Parkinson’s.

4.     Adapt to the individual’s changing symptoms by focusing on specific strengthening, flexibility and balance exercises for the individual’s Parkinson’s conditions.


FACULTY: Maryanne Haggerty, MS, has been educating professionals, individuals, and groups on safe and effective exercise for 25 years. As a faculty member and presenter for TSI, NASM, AEA, and AFAA, she has certified professionals. Promoting exercise for all abilities, Maryanne has presented televised exercise segments on aquatics. She has developed corporate wellness seminars and six-month home exercise program progressions.