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Chronic Conditions Course Information

1317 – Chronic Conditions

Beginner / 2-hour Land Workshop with Application to Land and Water

 

Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learn to effectively design an aquatic class to be maximally effective for people with diabetes, arthritis, obesity and chronic pain – four conditions seen most with the aging population. Common concerns and exercise guidelines will be learned and implemented in this course. This is a great continuing edprogram for Aquatic Specialists wanting to expand their post-rehab programming. This program is part of the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Program.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Examine differences and similarities in arthritis, diabetes, obesity and chronic pain diagnoses.

2)  Determine differences and similarities in water exercise approaches for these diagnoses.

3)  Explore the benefits of working in the aquatic environment versus the land environment.

4)  Develop and implement a program to benefit all four diagnoses.

1609 – Tai Chi Arthritis

Beginner / 1-hour Course

Faculty: Bonnie Hopps, Arthritis Foundation Instructor/Trainer

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Explore why this style of Tai Chi is so beneficial for participants with arthritis, as well as people suffering with any chronic illness. We will cover an in-depth warm-up and the first six basic moves, both in standing and sitting positions. This is a land-based Tai Chi program that can stand-alone or be added to any existing exercise program.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1) Discover how this particular type of Tai Chi can be beneficial for people with arthritis.

2) Explore a safe and interesting program, which is easy to learn for people of almost any physical condition     or age, and without any prior knowledge of Tai Chi.

3) Deliver maximum relief for the pain and stiffness of arthritis, utilizing the most appropriate style of Tai Chi.

4) Identify benefits to health in general and enhance relaxation.

1632 – Resolving Tech Neck / Muscle Tension Release - NEW!

Beginner / 3-hour Course
Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC – Resolving Tech Neck
Maria Pritz, EdD – Muscle Tension Release

Resolving Tech Neck
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learn where pain may refer from using technical equipment, including a cell phone, computer, IPad, Kindle, etc. Discover common hand and wrist pain diagnoses resulting from Tech Neck, as well as specific manual techniques for the upper extremities. Review general myofascial release techniques, including skin rolling, oscillation, Advanced Aquatic Release and AquaStretch™ techniques. Use Myofascial release to form an integrated approach. Dorsal and radial pain, thumb and wrist pain and epicondylar pain techniques will be explored, along with upper extremity sequencing to alleviate neck and shoulder pain. This workshop is ideal for those with limited shoulder and neck ROM, as well as general aquatic stretching techniques for clients/patients with UE issues.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Explore Advanced Aquatic Release for the upper extremities, and hand-wrist pain.
2) Apply a combination of contract-relax, intuitive movement, accentuation, skin rolling and intentional movement to optimize manual aquatic therapy treatments.
3) Experience Trigger Points and their interrelation to UE Intentional Sequencing.
4) Demonstrate benefits for neck and shoulder pain, hand/wrist pain, and lack of ROM.

FACULTY: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.

Muscle Tension Release
Participants:  Please have a mat or towel available for floor work. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Muscular tension release done by hydraulic pressure and water current drag effect can be applied to stimulate body neuro system, which will help to loosen up the most superficial layer of tissue where dysfunction appears (pain, tension or rigidity) and helps move oxygenated blood into all muscular system. Once the tight tissue is stimulated, somatic/ intuitive movement will accrue, blood flow to the area increases and the tight tissue will become suppler. This allows the therapist to access the next layer of tissue without applying excessive pressure. This pattern is repeated until all layers of dysfunctional tissue are restored and the tight, rigid tissue is replaced with supple and mobile tissue. Supple and mobile tissue will be free of pain and have a greater range of motion.

Benefit of somatic/ intuitive movement is the ability to release muscular tension independently and one must learn how to align their body and mind while experiencing an alert but relaxed state of awareness. The application of the SykorovaSynchro Method℠ (which is an educational tool with positive impacts to patients mentally, physically and emotionally) – has three stages/progressive levels:

  1. To balance function of sensory-motor cortex via sensory stimulation mental imagery (sometimes called visualization, guided imagery), progressive muscular relaxation and controlled breathing. – Result is relaxed but alert state of awareness with awoken biofeedback.
  2. To enhance sensory integration/awareness of somatic movement (movement regulated by feeling, mental imagery, sensation). – Result is ability to perform movement which releases muscular tension and increases blood circulation in desired areas of one’s body also called “Freedom of the Movement”.
  3. Ability to perform conscious exercises – via mental imagery, sensation. Positive result is in neuro muscular conditioning/ function – postural improvement, balance, coordination, flexibility and agility.

The concept of “Freedom of the Movement” can be achieved by anyone! This includes chronic pain sufferers to athletes. It resets the posture by corrective exercises, and will prepare/warm up muscles before exercise. In post-exercise recovery, will assist with removing metabolic byproducts/toxins along with numerous neuro- muscular benefits. Implementing foam rolling movement in a variety of directions and speed, one stimulates and enhances balance, coordination, and flexibility, and inspires the neuromuscular system to become more expansive and creative. Moving at different speeds is an aspect of our physical capabilities that must be practiced in order to maintain a sense of health and well-being.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Increase knowledge in theory of Functional Neurology, Sensory Stimulation, Sensory Integration and Somatic Awareness.
2) Examine theory and philosophy of SykorovaSynchro Method℠- as an educational tool.
3) Gain knowledge and apprentice skills of the Progressive Muscular Tension Release Protocol for clinical applications.
4) Experience and perform progressive exercises to release muscular/myofascial tension for clinical applications.
5) Explore knowledge in theory of Methodology and Didactics of Muscular Tension Release in water environment and master skill to apply it into practice.
6) Increase skill to develop, design and apply neuromuscular exercises for muscular tension releases into practice.

FACULTY: Maria Pritz, EdD, is an exercise physiologist with 28 years of experience in developing and implementing health, fitness and wellness programs for corporations, health clubs, and schools. She earned her doctorate in education (specialty in Physical Education and Sports) from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her unique training method involves integration of multidisciplinary techniques to achieve overall health and optimized performance. She is a member of Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) Research Council, author of health fitness articles, and presenter for national and international conferences. She has researched and developed an aquatic fitness exercise program targeting pain management (e.g. fibromyalgia, posttraumatic stress release, neuromuscular conditioning, and reconditioning of athletes).

2226 – Using Water to Treat Lymphedema

Intermediate / 2-hour Workshop

 Faculty: Lynette Jamison, MOT, OTR/L

 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Develop and implement an aquatic treatment plan that will augment a full lymphedema management program. Didactic evidence to support the use of an aquatic treatment plan for this patient population will be provided. Anatomy, physiology and some possible pathologies of the lymph system will be discussed. Treatment and after-care protocols will be presented including Manual Lymph Drainage, aquatic exercise and use of compression bandages and garments. Specific exercises will be practiced in water. Case studies will be presented. Information regarding specific training for Manual Lymph Drainage and compression products will also be available.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Describe the pathways of the lymph system.

2)  Justify using aquatic exercise versus land-based exercise using evidenced-based information.

3)  Develop an aquatic exercise program for a patient with lymphedema to enhance lymph drainage and circulation.

2242 – Improving Outcomes for Pain Patients

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Anita Davis, PT, DPT, MSM, D-AAPM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

This presentation is designed for therapists, assistants and trainers with a desire to learn about central processing of pain in the brain. Many factors influence the perception of pain. One theory that explains this is the neuromatrixtheory. This theory proposes that pain is interpreted in the brain by several areas that work in synergy with each other. This course will review those areas known as the neuromatrix. Attendees will learn the function of these areas and synergistic relationships of the matrix. Aquatic therapy is uniquely positioned to significantly alter the activity in the matrix and positively influence pain reduction. Knowing how the matrix works provides powerful support for aquatic treatment interventions. This course provides rationale to support the strategies used in the treatment of chronic pain conditions. Attendees will learn how and which aquatic therapy interventions can modify the input into the brain to change the signals in the pain matrix and facilitate pain reduction. Participants will review case descriptions in small groups and develop a treatment plan with rationale for selected implementation. Participants will share their results with verbal, and when possible, actual demonstration. Specific interventions discussed will include: Ai Chi, BackHab, Bad Ragaz, Watsu®, Unpredictable Command Technique.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Identify centers of the brain that are active with noxious stimuli (the neuromatrix).

2)  Expore the synergistic relationships in the brain matrix with chronic pain.

3)  Establish a treatment environment to promote pain reduction.

4)  Modify the aquatic environment for maximal impact on pain reduction.

5)  Select effective aquatic treatment interventions to decrease activity in the pain matrix and subsequent pain.

2333 – Pain Science Applications for Your Aquatic Programs - NEW!

Intermediate / 3.0 credit hours
(Pool Viewing Time: 8:00-9:30 am / Classroom Viewing Time: 9:30-11:00 am)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What we know about pain has changed over the last 20 years. Did you know there is no specific place in the brain for pain? We already know everyone experiences pain differently and there is a good reason why. Our brain receives nociceptive input from our body, but the brain processes this information in serval places within the brain and what the patient reports should be described as the patient’s pain experience. Additionally, the longer the pain lasts, the brain signals are altered, leading to reduced proprioception, increased sensitivity to stimulus and a myriad of additional health issues. Understanding pain neuroscience and how to educate a client on why they hurt and how to manage their pain is an essential tool a therapist needs in order to successfully treat chronic pain patients in today’s environment.

In this course, the lecture will review key aspects to pain neuroscience education, providing both the science behind and practical ways to educate your client in order to improve outcomes. The lab portion will present aquatic exercise progressions with the goal of reducing central sensitization, improving proprioception of deep postural muscles with the goal of reducing the patient pain experience for successful progression of functional movement.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Explain chronic pain to a client in language they can understand.
2) Develop an effective aquatic therapy and education treatment plan to reduce symptoms of central sensitization and chronic pain.
3) List at least three factors that influence a client’s reported pain.

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 (www.waterpt.com), 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.

 

3302 – Applying Pain Science for Chronic and Ortho - NEW!

Advanced / 8.0 credit hours
(This course was recorded on Zoom during Spring 2020. The course also includes a recording of pool lab time as a bonus from a prior conference.)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What we know about pain has changed over the last 20 years. Did you know there is no specific place in the brain for pain? We already know everyone experiences pain differently and there is a good reason why. Our brain receives nociceptive input from our body, but the brain processes this information in several places within the brain and what the patient reports should be described as the patient’s pain experience. Additionally, the longer the pain lasts, the brain signals are altered, leading to reduced proprioception, increased sensitivity to stimulus and a myriad of additional health issues. Understanding pain neuroscience and how to educate a client on why they hurt and how to manage their pain is an essential tool a therapist needs in order to successfully treat chronic pain patients in today’s environment.

In this course, the lecture will review key aspects to pain neuroscience education, providing both the science behind and practical ways to educate your client in order to improve outcomes. The lab portion will present aquatic exercise progressions with the goal of reducing central sensitization, improving proprioception of deep postural muscles with the goal of reducing the patient pain experience for successful progression of functional movement.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Explain chronic pain to a client in language they can understand.
2) Recognize and avoid language that contributes to fear and pain in clients with acute to chronic pain.
3) Develop an effective aquatic therapy and education treatment plan to reduce symptoms of central sensitization and chronic pain.
4) List at least three factors that influence a client’s reported pain.
5) Incorporate at least 2-3 breathing techniques in your exercise plan that is shown to reduce sympathetic nervous system activation utilized with pain management.

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 (www.waterpt.com), 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.