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3604 – AquaStretch for Low Back

Advanced / Pool Workshop
Chicago, IL / Friday, November 13, 2020 – 1:30-5:00 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 1:30-3:15 pm / Indoor Pool: 3:15-5:00 pm) 

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: AquaStretch™ helps to restore flexibility, reduce pain and improve sleep. AquaStretch™ theoretically breaks down fascial adhesions utilizing a combination of the facilitator/therapist’s manual pressure and the client/patient’s intuitive movement. AquaStretch™ methodology can be utilized within a wellness program or by therapists as an aquatic manual therapy technique. This is a one-on-one manual technique and not intended for group classes.

This course builds on the foundations and expands on basic applications of AquaStretch™ related to the lumbar spine. This course will review and expand the starting positions and grips for AquaStretch™ techniques specifically aimed at the lower back. The participants will practice AquaStretch™ procedures and modifications for individuals with lower back pain.

Because of the short duration of this class the participants should have prior knowledge and exposure to AquaStretch techniques and theories.

1) Relate AquaStretch™ theories to the lumbar spine.
2) Safely perform 3-4 basic starting positions and grips related to the lumbar spine.
3) Effectively cue and perform the 4-step AquaStretch™ technique for the lumbar spine.
4) Integrate AquaStretch™ technique into a comprehensive lumbar spine rehabilitation program.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (, 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. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.