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Reversing Osteoporosis
APTA Blasts Upcoming Rehab Cuts
Early Intervention at Yokosuka Naval Hospital
San Mateo Deadline
We Sure Hate Missing Your Calls
Spring 2009 Seminars


Peds Aquatic Therapy
Mar 19-21--Durham, NC
Mar 27-28--San Mateo, CA
May 21-23-- Mpls, MN


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Apr 17-19--Sarasota, FL

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Issue #26   23 Feb 2009
More on Bone Mass Improvement
Our January post about water exercise and bone loss spurred several comments from our readers. One reader, Rosie Barretta, PhD, has been ahead of the curve in this area and has made an interesting adjunct discovery during her deep water exercise research that it is not so much impact that builds bone mass but the stress/impact on the muscles and joints around the bone that builds mass.

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States Unable to Afford Rehab Services
empty wheelchairStruggling states cutting healthcare before arrival of new stimulus funds

Many states are reporting huge deficits in the next few years.  Though the federal government can operate in the red, states cannot.  Among the things being considered by governors is the recommendation that coverage for rehabilitative services be discontinued for non-pregnant adults in the Medical Assistance (MA), General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and other state-run health care programs.
Many professional organizations are distressed about this and, with the American Physical Therapy Association in the lead, are issuing talking points to their members in hopes of firing up a grassroots.  Read some of the directives below and see if they don't apply to your state legislatures.

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Memorandum from the APTA...
US Navy Warming to Aquatic Peds
navy shipSuccess stories come in small packages at Japan Naval Hospital

What looks like playtime in Yokosuka's Purdy Fitness Center pool is actually a new program offered by U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka's Educational and Developmental Intervention Services--pediatric aquatic therapy.

But while the toddlers think they're just having fun, therapists stretch their muscles to increase mobility and range, which builds strength in developing muscles. Even the floating bubble toy helps strengthens the muscles needed for speech as the kids blow bubbles.

"Back on land, the hope is that the toddlers will have improved confidence and ability to perform their goals of walking, crawling and running," Lt. j.g. Davia Christiansen said.

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P.S. Aquatic therapy can be a life-changing event for your pediatric patients. If you want to integrate water-based early intervention programs into your practice, register now for one of our three spring aquatic pediatric courses coming to a pool near you.

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Jennifer Tvrdy's Aquatic Peds Course
mom and infantMarch 5th is the deadline to register for San Mateo class

We need your help in spreading the word about our upcoming seminar - Aquatic Therapy for the Pediatric Therapist with Jennifer Tvrdy, OTDR/L to be held on March 27-28, 2009 in San Mateo, CA. This is a lab-intensive seminar teaching rehab professionals to tackle the sensory and physical deficits of children through water-based intervention.

If you plan to attend this seminar, you must register by Thursday, March 5th at 9 AM to help us ensure the course will be held. If you know any pediatric therapists who may be interested in this course, please share this message with them.

Friday, Mar 27th

1:00-1:30 Registration
1:30-2:00 Online orientation to Aquatic Therapy Command Center (lecture)
2:00-3:00 Relationship of hydrodynamic principles to physical impairments and sensory processing deficits (lecture)
3:00-4:30 Integration of primitive motor reflexes in the aquatic environment (lecture)
4:30-5:15 Dinner (provided) & change for pool
5:15-8:15 Introduction to WatsuŽ, Bad Ragaz, and manual therapies (pool lab)

Saturday, Mar 28th

8:00-9:00 Arrangement of aquatic activities for natural progression of functional outcomes based on deficits (lecture)
9:00-10:00 Aquatic sensory integration strategies for vestibular, tactile, propriception, visual, and auditory processing difficulties (lecture & land lab)
10:00-11:00 Video of actual pediatric treatment sessions and discussion (video)
11:00-11:45 Lunch (provided) and change for pool
11:45-2:00 Finish manual therapies and begin sensory integration strategies (pool lab)
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-2:45 Deck-based learning stations (pool lab)
2:45-5:00 Sensory stations for the pool and application of techniques to case studies (pool lab)

(Notice: Schedule subject to change without prior notice)

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Included with this break-through video, you get the low-down on over 60 innovative aquatic activities for treating the special-needs child. You will also receive a seminar handout bursting with 100 pages of lab notes, bibliographies and post-test for CEU credit for your whole staff.

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April 9th for Minneapolis, MN seminar