Pool Therapy for the Female Client

August 17-18, 2019

Woman can benefit from aquatic therapy at so many points in their lives. This class is designed to address the unique rehab needs of the female client and why water often works better to tackle these needs.

Students will learn innovative aquatic interventions for:

  • High and low risk pregnancies
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • S/P breast cancer (mastectomy)
  • Common musculoskeletal complaints (such as SI dysfunction)

Leave this first-ever specialized training with a battery of treatment options for all that ails womankind, including: spinal stabilization; Watsu; functional skills training; progressive resistive exercise; proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); aquatic manual therapy, postmastectomy stretching; edema management and more.


This is a 700 series class (teaches Basic-Intermediate skills) and is designed primarily for therapists who have 1 year of experience working in water. All students are asked to complete a 4 hour digital training provided to them prior to class, provided free of charge. This course is within the scope of practice of the Physical Therapist and PTA working in aquatic therapy (CPT code 97113). This course does not focus on evaluation or examination of the patient and thus, the content is within the scope of practice for the Physical Therapist Assistant working under the supervision of the Physical Therapist The clinical decision making that occurs during the course is done as a facilitated project which pairs PTs and PTAs working as teams. While the primary audience for the course is the PT provider, other rehabilitation providers, such as the  Occupational Therapist and Assistant, who count the therapeutic procedure aquatic therapy within their scope of practice will find it beneficial.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe why aquatic therapy may be the treatment of choice if the patient (a) is suffering pregnancy-related conditions such as edema and back pain; (b) has postural abnormalities due to osteoporosis or osteopenia; (c) has fibromyalgia; (d) is recovering from a mastectomy; or (e) is suffering from a musculoskeletal injury common to women (lecture)
  2. Recite 3-4 aquatic precautions and contraindications specific to the female patient. Understand the unique rehab needs of the pregnant, osteoporotic, pain, oncology and musculoskeletal clients (lecture).
  3. Participate in a 10-15 minute mock inservice designed to teach rehab professionals or physicians about the benefit of aquatic therapy for at least 1 of these populations (lecture)
  4. Verbalize the difference between functional improvement and patient satisfaction. Locate literature which supports the need to address patient satisfaction in order to improve outcomes (lecture)
  5. Find recent scientific literature, including outcomes studies, which supports aquatic therapy for the female client (lecture)
  6. Experience the difference between deckbased instruction and hands-on, in-water therapy and verbalize the distinction to a colleague.  Demonstrate, through role playing, the ability to incorporate appropriate hands-on care into aquatic therapy to increase healing and patient satisfaction (lab)
  7. Demonstrate 1-2 aquatic tasks or activities from each of the following specialty techniques (as each relates to the female client): Salzman’s Aquatic Blanket Drills (manual therapy and stretching; Functional skills training; Progressive resistive exercise; Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF); Trunk stabilization/ Core training; Watsu (lab)
  8. Perform 3-4 aquatic therapeutic movements, tasks, or exercises designed to:
    • Decrease edema
    • Increase bone density
    • Increase ROM
    • Minimize contractures and scarring
    • Create alternative cognitive pathways for functional task engrams
    • Decrease pain
    • Improve posture, weight-bearing, balance, gait and proprioception
    • Increase strength
    • Improve motor planning (lab)
  9. Progress a specific aquatic task from a lower level of function towards increased independence (lab)
  10. With a partner, design and implement a 15-minute aquatic treatment plan (including equipment selection) for 1-2 of the following:
    • Pregnancy related back pain and edema
    • Postural abnormalities s/p osteopenia/osteoporosis
    • Mastectormy related scarring, pain and ROM restrictions
    • Fibromyalgia (lab)ABDs); Deep water unloading; Aquatic


The Blue Lagune Therapy 1115 Ave D Katy, Texas 77494

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

17 contact hours will be applied for this course through TPTA and TOTA. Texas Children’s Hospital is an Approved Provider for the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of TOTA CE hours does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TOTA.

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Kimberly Gordon, MPT graduated from Mayo Clinic’s School of Health Related Sciences with her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She began practicing in an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Sarasota, FL where her caseload included orthopedic and post-surgical clients, including older adults with torn knee and ankle ligaments, total joint replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gait dysfunction. She went on to manage a branch for that company in Bradenton, FL. Upon moving back to Rochester, MN, she spent time working in a local nursing home, helping to develop their short term rehab program to increase the number of joint replacement patients in the facility and to better manage these patients as a team in the nursing home. She then moved into a home health physical therapy position, bringing innovative ideas to the patient returning from a hospital or nursing home stay after surgery or trauma, including many with new joint replacement patients.

She currently works at both the Rochester Active PT office and the Plainview ActivePT office (managing the Plainview office) where she specializes in treating orthopedic patients both in and out of the therapy pool. Her specialty is treating pelvic, hip and knee patients and the majority of her patients come with women’s health, orthopedic and sports medicine complaints.

Kim has over 11 years of treating primarily orthopedic patients with 7 of those years specializing in sports medicine. Kim also has over 200 hours of continuing education including SI joint dysfunction, Shoulder rehabilitation presented by Kevin Wilk, pelvic floor training through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute, a certification course in Pilates training and specializes in Pilates. She also teaches a Pilates class at the Rochester Athletic Club and has developed specialized classes for the athletic club including Back School, return to Pilates after rehabilitation, and prenatal Pilates.

Kim’s area of specialty is the hip and pelvis. This includes pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and hip pain, total joint replacements, and SI dysfunction. She has trained for 3 years with Aquatic Therapy University, achieving lead instructor status under their extensive instructor’s curriculum.



  • 7:30-8:00 - Registration
  • 8:00-10:30 - Lecture
  • 10:30-10:45 - Change for pool
  • 10:45-1:15 - Pool Lab
  • 1:15-2:00 - Lunch
  • 2:00-3:45 - Lecture
  • 3:45-4:00 - Change for pool/snack
  • 4:00-6:15 - Pool Lab
  • 6:15-6:30 - Wrap up


  • 8:00-11:30 - Lecture (with a break in the middle)
  • 11:30-12:15 - Lunch
  • 12:15-3:30 - Pool Lab


Hotel information will be sent upon registration