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Foundational Aquatic Therapy

Foundational Aquatic Therapy

Foundational Aquatic Therapy

This course includes
The instructors
Canadian Aquatic Rehabilitation Instructors
Alison Bonnyman (View bio)


Aquatic therapy is a powerful rehab tool that can enable clients to move earlier. 

The effects of buoyancy, drag, and hydrostatic pressure need to be understood in order to identify individuals who would benefit from immersion and to safely prescribe aquatic exercises and techniques to achieve the therapeutic goals.

This course is a 45-minute introduction to the effects of immersion, precautions and contraindications, and application of hydrodynamics. I encourage you to practice all that you prescribe because it all feels different in the water!


The instructors
Alison Bonnyman

Alison Bonnyman is a physiotherapist of 30+ years. She attained an MSc in Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University researching aquatic therapy and osteoporosis. She has completed extensive international training in aquatic therapy, presented her research at international conferences, and is a provider of aquatic therapy, using community pools.

Alison is the founder of Canadian Aquatic Rehab. She lectures, consults, and teaches aquatic therapy across Canada.

Course Material included in this course
  • Evidence Based Aquatic Physical Therapy Basic Foundation
  • Evidence Based Aquatic Physical Therapy Basic Foundation PDF
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Assumptions & Advantages
  • 3. Short-term Physiological Adaptation of Immersion & Complex Physiology
  • 4. Pediatric Immersion, Routine Precautions & Contraindications
  • 5. The Aquatic Advantages
  • 6. For All Aquatics & Fundamental Application
  • 7. Depth & Resistance
  • 8. Goals & Techniques
  • 9. Conclusion
  • Foundational Aquatic Therapy Quiz
  • Feedback
  • Exercises and Techniques
  • Bad Ragaz: Horizontal Peripheral Resistance
  • Bad Ragaz with Rib Hold
  • Balance in Stillness
  • Passive Cradling
  • Resisted Trunk Extension
  • Seaweed
  • Trunk Flexion/Extension
  • Using Drag
  • Wonder Boards
Patient Exercises included in this course
  • Sit to Stand with Noodle
  • Gluteal Strengthening
  • Dynamic Sitting Balance
  • Cardiovascular Kicking
  • Single Leg Balance
  • Dynamic Sitting Balance: Legs Only
  • Opening Sequence with Breath
  • Tandem Walking
  • Lunge Walking
  • Head Control Exercise in the Water
  • Isometric Trunk Work in the Water
  • Sit to Stand in the Water
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