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2513 – Spiraling Ai Chi / Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 7:45-11:15 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Pool: 7:45-9:15 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:15 am)

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC – Spiraling Ai Chi
Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC – Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease

Spiraling Ai Chi
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spiraling! It is thought that the education and reinforcement of repeated spiral/diagonal patterns increases coordination while promoting joint stability and neuromuscular control. It should be incorporated during functional training in order to effectively influence improved motor programming.  We’ll review all the Ai Chi postures with the application of spiral movements. Spiraling uses a ‘working from the outside-in’ concept. By stimulating the distal segments, the proprioceptors in the more proximal segments became stimulated. One purpose of Spiraling Ai Chi is to enhance and create movement in areas where the neuromuscular system has been compromised. Overall, Spiraling Ai Chi is designed to be multiplanar, multi-positional, movement focused with variable speeds and a large freedom of movement. 

1) Create movement in body segments that are compromised.
2) Experience the benefits of spiraling for fall recovery.
3) Review evidence regarding spiraling and movement dysfunction, falling, and pain amelioration.
4) Discuss the shoulder and hip movement created by the hand and foot.
5) Apply specific postures and concepts to ortho, neuro and pain patients.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.

Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will provide evidence-based research for evaluation and treatment of individuals with Parkinsonism, Parkinson’s Disease, and other movement disorders at various stages of disease progression. The course will discuss the use of aquatic exercise in rehabilitation and community exercise programs.

1) Identify prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease and discuss possible risk factors for developing disease.
2) Explain diagnosis criteria and stages of disease progression.
3) Review exercise and its effect on Parkinson symptoms.
4) Determine use of aquatic exercise progressions for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders (1:1 rehab into wellness populations).
5) Apply aquatic mobilizations, PNF techniques, and exercises in the pool for major muscle groups to improve joint and postural stabilization.
6) Practice basic skills, modifications, cueing techniques and progressions for implementing aquatic exercises with neurologic impairments.

FACULTY: Mary LaBarre, PT, DPT, ATRIC, is a full-time physical therapist, specializing in aquatic-based rehab at YMCA Healthy Living Center in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. She works with a variety of patient populations including cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, neurological, general debility, sports medicine and chronic pain diagnoses. Mary is also a certified clinical instructor and has participated in Diabetes Education programming. She has completed the ATRI Lumbar Stabilization and AquaStretch Specialty Certificate Programs.