Aquatic Therapy for Lymphedema



Presented By:  Holly Bough, CPTA, ATRIC, Head of the Aquatic Therapy Program for Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, MO

How to Make Aquatic Therapy Profitable


In this webinar, participants will learn how patients affected by Lymphedema can benefit from aquatic therapy. Lymphedema is swelling of tissue, normally of the arms and legs, which affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. This webinar will explore what makes the water an ideal environment for the treatment of Lymphedema and how it can be used effectively to improve the lives of those living with this condition by reducing pain and improving strength, balance and energy levels.


Attendees will learn:

  • The properties of water that are beneficial for Lymphedema patients

  • The general and specific treatment goals for this patient population

  • The special circumstances that affect this patient population in rural areas

  • Specific exercises for both upper and lower extremities

All of this information will be supported with case studies from Mike Studer's cutting edge rehabilitation clinic.
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In this webinar participants will receive an introduction to the principles of aquatic therapy, with specific applications for pediatric client populations.  There will be additional focus on physical therapy care planning for children including land to water transitions, treatment considerations, and documentation.


Participants will be able take the following away from this presentation:


  • The properties of water that are beneficial for pediatric therapy
  • What pediatric populations can benefit from aquatic therapy
  • What treatment considerations and precautions/contraindications exist for this population
  • How and when to transition between water and land therapy
  • How to effectively document aquatic therapy
  • What equipment can be used to enhance therapy sessions
  • How to make sessions fun for kids


All of this information will be supported by case studies from Cindy’s aquatic therapy program at Children’s Hospital of St. Paul.


What Past Webinar Attendees are Saying:



“I love and appreciate that you are doing this. It is information that I would otherwise not have access to, so I appreciate the format. The speaker was good, and she hit on some things that we could use. Thanks!”


- J.O. (webinar previously attended: "Bridging the Gap from Land to Water," presented by Kim Eichinger)

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Holly Bough heads the aquatic therapy program for Freeman Health Systems in Joplin, MO. Holly graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City in 2012. Holly began working for Freeman Health Systems Sports and Rehabilitation in November 2012 and obtained her Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise Certification from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute shortly thereafter. In her position overseeing the aquatic program for Freeman Health, she utilizes a zero depth entry aquatic therapy pool five days a week. She treats multiple patient populations, including orthopedic, spinal cord, pediatric, and neurological among others.


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