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2657 – Tips, Tricks, and Application of AquaStretch for LE

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 8:00-11:00 am / 3.0 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:30 am / Classroom: 9:30-11:00 am)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: AquaStretch™ is a one on one, myofascial release technique performed in shallow water. The primary application of AquaStretch™ for rehabilitation of orthopedic diagnoses is to improve mobility and reduce pain allowing for more rapid progression of strengthening and return to function.

This course will dissect the basic principles AquaStretch™ and provide clinical pearls, adaptations and tips on application in practice with the focus on LE. During the pool lab participants will perform and perfect the manual skills required for AquaStretch™ applications on foot, ankle, knee and hip. Lecture will include evidence-based material related to fascial connections and AquaStretch™ theoretical principles. Clinical decision-making component of the course includes specific applications of the technique along with review of precautions and contraindications related to manual therapy, especially related to LE diagnoses. Integration of AquaStretch™ into a comprehensive rehabilitation program will be included in class discussion.

1) Discuss the four theories of AquaStretch™ and clinical relevance to clients with lower extremity impairments.
2) Apply the basic four-step procedure to the lower extremity.
3) List precautions and contraindications to AquaStretch™ especially as it relates to orthopedic/LE diagnoses.
4) Determine direction and intensity of facilitator pressure when accenting a client’s intuitive movement.
5) Utilize palpation, intentional movement and gravity assist to find additional adhesions not discovered with the basic, “play, freeze, pressure, move” procedure.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and aquatic therapy, and owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego ( In 1991, Beth earned her PT degree from the University of Connecticut and in 2006, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She has achieved certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. As a Certified STOTT PilatesTM Instructor, Beth incorporates the use of Pilates basic principles into her exercise programs. In 2010, Beth was honored with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute’s Tsunami Spirit Award and in 2012, she was named the Aquatic Therapy Professional of the Year. In 2015, the Aquatic Section of the APTA presented Beth with the Judy Cirullo Award in recognition of her promotion of aquatic therapy. Additional aquatic therapy certifications include Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method and Trainer for AquaStretchTM.