Aquatic Therapy Webinars Address Warrior Rehab and Rett Syndrome Co-Treatment

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As part of an ongoing commitment to offer high-quality educational programming for physical therapy and exercise professionals interested in aquatics, HydroWorx is sponsoring two hour-long online events. The first focuses on unique co-treatment opportunities for patients diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, and the second features rehabilitation tips and techniques for military veterans.

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Two upcoming webinars will tackle the world of aquatics for very specific patient groups: wounded military personnel and those who have been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.

Physical therapy professionals are regularly on the lookout for new techniques, advice, tips, case studies, scientific research and general information when it comes to aquatics. Although aquatic therapy is a well-recognized part of the physical therapy realm, there is a tremendous amount of information to be learned about its best practices with specific populations. Two upcoming webinars will tackle the world of aquatics for very specific patient groups: wounded military personnel and those who have been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.

The first webinar, “Innovative Co-Treatment of Rett Syndrome in an Aquatic Environment” will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.D.T. Presented by three colleagues serving the well-respected Lexington Regional Health Center in Nebraska, this webinar is a case study of the treatment protocols used during a particularly innovative merger of physical, occupational and speech therapies in an advanced, warm-water therapy pool.

In discussing their use of aquatic therapy to give their young Rett Syndrome patient a better quality of life, physical therapist Leeann Smith, occupational therapist Maura Rabe and speech therapist Kiley Goff will share their treatment protocols with attendees. They will also talk in depth about Rett Syndrome, a neurological disorder caused by an X-chromosome mutation and why patients with this syndrome respond well to water-based therapeutic environments. As part of “Innovative Co-Treatment of Rett Syndrome in an Aquatic Environment”, actual initial and current results will be shown and discussed. Images will be used throughout the webinar to better illustrate the strategies they used to benefit one very special client.

The second webinar,“Using Aquatics for Warrior Rehabilitation”, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 E.D.T. Led by Cory Keirn, DPT, OCS, CSCS, head physical therapist for aquatics at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL, the presentation is an inside look into how aquatics are changing rehab for America’s wounded veterans. Participants will receive an overview of the aquatic therapy methods Keirn uses for post-surgical patients who require rehab after total knee and hip arthroplasties, as well as those with traumatic brain injuries, multiple orthopedic injuries, blast injuries and concussions.

Throughout the webinar, Keirn will illustrate the training exercises he finds most effective for his veteran and active duty military clientele. “Using Aquatics for Warrior Rehabilitation” will conclude with an in-depth look at two case studies involving wounded military veterans who progressed remarkably thanks to aquatic therapy.

Registration for one or both webinars is free and can be made online through the HydroWorx website. Please use this link to register for “Innovative Co-Treatment of Rett Syndrome in an Aquatic Environment”, and this link for “Using Aquatics for Warrior Rehabilitation”.

About the Presenters:
“Innovative Co-Treatment of Rett Syndrome in an Aquatic Environment” Presenters

Leann Smith, PTA
As a physical therapy assistant at Lexington Regional Health Center, Leann Smith works in water-based environments as well as sees patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. She’s a graduate of Northeast Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program and has specialized in aquatic physical therapy for the past 13 years.

Maura Rabe, OTR/L
Maura Rabe is a Board Certified occupational therapist with 5 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings: inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, home health and aquatics. She is a graduate of College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. She has always had a special interest in pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation.

Kiley Goff, MSEd, CCC-SLP
Kiley Goff works in a variety of skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and with home health as a speech-language pathologist for Aegis Therapies. She holds her BSEd and MSEd from the Univerity of Nebraska-Kearney. She is trained to work with patients of all ages and appreciates the value of variable rehab settings, including aquatics.

“Using Aquatics for Warrior Rehabilitation” Presenter:

As the head physical therapist for aquatics at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL, Cory Keirn has the opportunity to work with many active duty and retired military personnel. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida, and his doctorate from the University of Central Florida. He has worked with organizations including the WWE as a professional wrestling strength coach, and the Philadelphia Phillies as their spring training assistant strength and conditioning coach. He has been actively developing an aquatic gait re-training program, which he will discuss as part of his webinar.

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About HydroWorx®

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy products with built-in underwater treadmills to enable rehabilitation and performance professionals to more effectively offer their patients and athletes the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, remain motivated through the rehab process and speed the return to play for athletes and every day normal activities.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools, along with the new construction-free HydroWorx 300 system have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities like the renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Frazier Rehab Institute and The Andrews Institute, as well as many elite athletic programs including the University of Oregon, Kansas City Royals, Washington Redskins, The Ohio State University, Manchester United and Chelsea Football Clubs and hundreds more.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 24,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

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