Webinar Discusses Exciting Evolution of Aquatic Therapy Pulmonary Rehab

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For patients suffering from respiratory illnesses like COPD, land-based physical therapy can be a serious struggle. Aquatic therapy may provide a safe, healthier alternative for this patient population, as a Thursday, November 17, 2016, HydroWorx webinar event led by Nell Resnick, PTA, will explore.

A variety of medical conditions including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pulmonary fibrosis affect the ability of men and women to breathe comfortably. Not only can these respiratory problems lower a person’s overall quality of life, but they affect his or her ability to remain strong, healthy and psychologically positive. Pulmonary rehabilitation is often recommended for patients who fall into this category, but land-based treatment can be challenging due to pre-existing health concerns and comorbidities. As a result, many physical therapists are opting to work with pulmonary rehabilitation patients in aquatic environments.

Nell Resnick, PTA, is the head aquatic therapist at Florida’s Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center. An upcoming voice in the movement for aquatic pulmonary rehabilitation, she will lead a one-hour webinar on the topic on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. E.S.T. Entitled “Strengthening Pulmonary Rehabilitation With Aquatic Therapy”, this HydroWorx event is a comprehensive look at Resnick’s experiences working with physical therapy pulmonary patients in their advanced therapy pool.

During the session, the following topic areas will be discussed:

  •     How pulmonary rehab patients who are obese, have back pain, have osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis, and other comorbidities can actively, comfortably and safely partake in a well-organized aquatic therapy treatment program.
  •     The difference between traditional pulmonary rehabilitation programs, which focus on land exercises, and evolving aquatic alternatives.
  •     How land-based pulmonary exercises can be modified for the water without compromising quality of treatment or outcomes.

Resnick will also share a case study to demonstrate the steps that can lead to pulmonary patient progression. During the concluding minutes of “Strengthening Pulmonary Rehabilitation With Aquatic Therapy”, all listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions and get instant feedback.

Participation in this webinar is open to all, and is free of charge. Registration must be made prior to the live event date to ensure a spot. Those interested in learning more about this topic are encouraged to register at http://ww2.hydroworx.com/webinar-pulmonary.

About the Presenter:

With more than 20 years of physical therapy experience, Nell Resnick has worked in a variety of settings. In her current role as the head aquatic therapist at Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center, she uses her passion for water-based therapies to help patients with respiratory illnesses and other health concerns. In 2014, Resnick was certified by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.

About HydroWorx:

Since the late 1990s, HydroWorx has manufactured aquatic therapy pools with integrated underwater treadmills to enable rehabilitation professionals to more effectively offer their patients the opportunity to increase range of motion, decrease risk of falls and joint stress, and remain motivated through the rehab process.

Products such as the HydroWorx 2000 and 500 Series therapy pools, along with the new HydroWorx 300 system have revolutionized the face of aquatic therapy; in fact, HydroWorx technology is used by world-class facilities such as OrthoCarolina, Cleveland Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Genesis Healthcare, Neuroworx, Clear Choice Healthcare, PruittHealth, Premier Rehab, Leg Up Farm and many other healthcare facilities across the country.

HydroWorx offers a wide range of underwater treadmill pools and peripheral products and services. Every day, more than 30,000 athletes and patients use HydroWorx technology to recover from injuries and health conditions.

More information about HydroWorx can be found at http://www.HydroWorx.com.

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