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2656 – Spasticity and Contracture Release

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Friday, April 8, 2022 – 1:30-5:00 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 1:30-3:15 pm / Indoor Pool: 3:15-5:00 pm)

Faculty: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course was developed to focus on the unique nature of spasticity and contracture and how these conditions respond to aquatic therapy. The information will assist the practitioner with the selection of aquatic therapy techniques and specific applications to improve functional movement for clients with a motor impairment.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Explore spasticity specific aquatic therapy accommodations and aquatic factors to consider for individuals with spasticity and/or contracture.
2) Focus on treatment goals depending upon level of spasmodic activity.
3) Determine the use of aquatic therapy to maximize relaxation and increase active ROM.
4) Examine aquatic therapy for improving stability with standing, weight shifting, sit to stand, and ambulation.
5) Practice neuromuscular balance through appropriate use of ROM, velocity, breath, position, and sensory cues.

FACULTY: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC, is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, LLC, and is an internationally known presenter and instructor on Aquatic Therapy and Wellness. She currently instructs group wellness classes and provides individual aquatic therapy sessions. She is the author of several instructional aquatic therapy technique manuals and DVDs. She was the recipient of the ATRI International Tsunami Spirit Award (2002) and the Aquatic Therapy Professional Award (2014).