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3619 – AquaStretch Pearls in Practice

Advanced / Half-Day Workshop
Chicago, IL / Friday, November 12, 2021 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 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 reduced pain allowing for more rapid progression of strengthening and return to function.

This half-day course will dissect the basic principles AquaStretch™ and provide clinical pearls, adaptations and tips on application in practice. During the pool lab, participants will perform and perfect the manual skills required for AquaStretch™ applications. Lecture will include evidence-based material related to fascial connections and the 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. 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 orthopedic diagnoses.
2) Apply the basic four-step procedure to a variety of body regions on clients with orthopedic-related impairments.
3) List precautions and contraindications to AquaStretch™ especially as it relates to orthopedic 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 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.