Aquatic Exercise for Patients With Neurological Diseases: An Evidence-Based Approach
Section: Aquatic Physical Therapy Section
Co-Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: AQ-1B-8488
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Room: Republic A

Speaker(s):   Ellen Godwin, PT, PhD, PCS
  Yasser Salem, PT, MS, PhD, NCS, PCS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Description:
This session will provide evidence-based aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders. The goals of this session are to: (1) present the theoretical framework and recent empirical evidence regarding aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders, and (2) highlight the use of aquatic exercises for patients with neurological disorders. This session will present general guidelines for treatment design and uses of aquatic exercise in rehabilitation. We will discuss how to use aquatic therapy to improve gait and balance, as well as how to transition to land-based exercises in people with neurological disorders. Selected patient examples using videos of individuals with neurological disorders including patients with multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson's will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the unique aspects and benefits of aquatic therapy for patients with neurological disorders.
2. Overview current evidence that supports the use of aquatic therapy for rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders.
3. Present general guidelines for effective aquatic therapy for patients with neurological disorders.
4. Describe aquatic exercise precautions, implications, and concerns for patients with neurological disorders.
5. Presents examples of aquatic intervention strategies for treatment of balance and gait in patients with neurological disorders.

CEU: 0.2






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