Freeways Hydrotherapy Pool
Leigh Court Centre, , Pill Road
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Aquatic Therapy for Physiotherapy Assistants
Aim “To equip a physiotherapy assistant with the knowledge and clinical reasoning skills necessary to work safely under supervision of a trained Aquatic Physiotherapist in a pool”.
On completion of the course the participant should be able to:
- Be aware of the relevant physical properties of water
- Appreciate and experience the effects of buoyancy, turbulence and the metacentre on a body in water.
- Relate these properties to basic therapeutic handling in the water
- Demonstrate an understanding of the physical properties of water to
- Strengthening techniques
- Range of movement techniques
- Demonstrate the ability to confidently use various flotation devices in regard to patient handling
- Demonstrate safe therapeutic handing of a patient in water
- Gain an understanding of the effects of immersion on the physiology of the human body.
- Relate these changes to the safe screening of patients prior to Aquatic therapy
- Demonstrate an understanding of the main Health and Safety legislation, and its implications on running an aquatic therapy service
- Demonstrate an understanding of water disinfection and testing related to the pool environment.
- Relate the above to maintaining a safe environment for staff and users including the ability to risk assess and to work under supervision of trained Aquatic Physiotherapists.