* All split payment obligations should be paid in full by October 23, 2015.  Initial split payment reserves your seat for the event. If second payment is not received, initial payment will be forfeited.

Cancellation Policy:


8:00-10:00 - Lecture

10:00-10:15 – Energy Break

10:15-12:00 - Lecture and Land Lab

12:00-1:00 - Change and eat lunch

1:00-3:30 - Pool Lab

3:30-3:45 - Energy Break

3:45-6:15 - Pool Lab

6:15-6:30 - Wrap-up and discussion

Hrs: 9.0


8:00-10:00 - Lecture

10:00-10:15 - Energy Break

10:15-11:15 - Lecture and Land Lab

11:15-11:45 - Lunch

11:45-1:45 - Pool lab

1:45-2:00 – Energy Break

2:00-3:45 – Pool lab

3:45-4:00 - Wrap-up and discussion

Hrs: 7.0

Host Facility:

Holiday Inn - Westway Park
4606 Westway Park Blvd.
Houston, TX  77041

(713) 996-8200

Location:               Houston, TX

Dates:                    November 7 - 8, 2015

Instructor:            Lisa Illg, PT, Aq

Credits:                 16.0 hrs (18 CCUs for FSBPT)

ATU Course #:      GS721 (Basic - Intermediate)

Cost:                       $595

Water - Based Interventions for Musculoskeletal Disorders: An Aquatic Therapy Primer

November 7th - November 8th, 2015


P.O. Box 35322 Houston TX 77235

       This event was a success! Thanks to all who attended from Texas, New Mexico and Nebraska.

Tentative Schedule:

1. Verbally justify why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if (a) the patient is difficult to support or handle, (b) the patient is in pain, or (c) if the therapist cannot adequately access the patient’s body on land, (d) the patient has lower extremity swelling.
2. Verbally describe 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.
3. Given a case scenario, make an argument for and against the relative merits of allowing patients with a specific precaution to participate in aquatic therapy.
4. Gather, organize, and synthesize information regarding what payers (including Medicare) have to say about aquatic therapy for the patient with musculoskeletal complaints.
5. Make a 3 minute verbal “case” for providing aquatic therapy services for a patient with a specific musculoskeletal condition. Be able to identify, locate, and analyze supportive research to bolster your case.
6. With supervision and insruction, progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence. Repeat without supervision or instruction.
7. Demonstrate 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:

  • increase strength
  • improve ROM
  • decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • improve trunk stability
  • improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
  • improve functional skills

and critique each other's demonstrations.

Select, justify the choice, then demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the client with musculoskeletal complaints):

  • Aquatic adaptations of the Berg
  • Aquatic manual therapy and stretching
  • Aquatic yoga
  • Bad Ragaz Ring Method
  • Functional skills training
  • Progressive resistive exercise
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Salzman Blanket Drills (SBDs)
  • Trunk stabilization
  • Watsu


8. Working with a partner, develop and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following conditions:

  • s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation
  • s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR)
  • s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL)
  • arthritis
  • chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia)
  • back and neck dysfunction

Learning Objectives:

The course is designed to rapidly introduce participants to basic and intermediate aquatic treatment ideas for the musculoskeletal patient. It will provide an overview of treatments pertinent to pediatric, adult and geriatric practices, with an emphasis on the following musculoskeletal conditions: s/p fracture, internal trauma, sprain, strain or dislocation, s/p joint replacement (e.g. TKR), s/p tendon or ligament repair (e.g. ACL), arthritis, chronic pain syndromes (e.g. fibromyalgia), and back and neck dysfunction. Provides participants with insight into musculoskeletal-specific precautions and contraindications to immersion. Teaches participants to justify aquatic therapy interventions to payers and referral sources. Includes an 8 hour aquatic lab of the most clinically useful elements of  popular aquatic specialty techniques for the musculoskeletal population.


Hotel rooms are available at the host hotel for a discounted rate of only $79 / night. Mention Pisces Aquatic Services or Aquatic Therapy Conference when booking.

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This class is being hosted by Pisces Aquatic Services, an ATU affiliate. Due to unforeseen circumstances, schedules, instructors and/or meals may need to be changed without notice. Cancellation date is Oct 7, 2015. Pisces Aquatic Services will refund 100% of fee for registrants who cancel before this date. Fee is non-refundable for registrants who cancel after this date. Students may transfer their registration to another co-worker or colleague by notifying Pisces Aquatic Services in advance. In the event that the class is cancelled by Pisces Aquatic Services, a full refund will be issued.