2620 – 25 Cervical Aquatic Therapy Maneuvers

Intermediate / 4-hour Workshop


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS



This is a special aquatic therapy program to treat cervical orthopedic problems, including both acute and chronic neck pain. Review of pathology, anatomy and special tests along with evaluation and goal setting will be discussed in the lecture. The lab portion will link at least 25 aquatic therapy maneuvers to specific rehabilitation goals. The maneuvers include traction, rib cage mobilization, stretching, massage, neural glides and exercise. Lecture will include land-based home exercise to complement aquatic program when possible.



1.   Link five basic rehabilitation goals for cervical spine dysfunction (decrease pain, reduce muscle tension, increase mobility, improve muscle balance, and restore postural awareness) with aquatic therapy interventions.

2.   List red flag symptoms or signs requiring referral to physician.

3.   Describe common postural deviations and muscle firing patterns found in individuals with chronic neck pain.

4.   Cue client through water exercises to improve posture, increase upper quadrant strength and decrease stress/ tension in the cervical muscles.

5.   Perform manual techniques for the cervical spine to achieve specific rehabilitation goals.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, is a licensed physical therapist with over 18 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.