Salt Lake Community College Students Gain Aquatic Therapy Training While Providing Care To Uninsured PatientsDecember 8th, 2011
Fall River, Mass – Salt Lake Community College, located in Utah, has integrated a SwimEx therapy pool into their physical therapist assistant program. This program enables students to get hands on aquatic therapy training while providing state-of-the-art care to patients at the school’s pro bono clinic.
The Salt Lake Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program utilizes the pool in the following ways:
- Student instruction for both physical therapist assistant and occupational therapy assistant students
- Aquatic therapy interventions for the pro bono on-site clinic physical therapy patients.
Program Director Diana Ploeger says the SwimEx pool is a great teaching resource and enables uninsured patients to receive high-tech care, “students appreciate the opportunity to implement what they have learned in class through individual practice and providing aquatic therapy interventions under the direct supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapy clinic patients are pleased with the opportunity to receive treatments utilizing aquatic therapy as well as land-based techniques.”
“The pool is used in a variety of ways to meet the individual needs of patients who are served by the pro bono clinic. For a back patient, the deep end is utilized with some ankle weights and swim noodle in order to provide gentle spinal distraction. For bariatric clients, the pool is utilized for aerobic exercise with less weight bearing on lower extremity joints. For a patient with balance issues, the water and some resistance provides challenges not possible during land-based therapy.”
About Swim Ex:
SwimEx specializes in the design and manufacturing of superior fiberglass rehab and exercise swim spa pools for home and professional use. Our focus is centered upon controlling the therapeutic properties of water used for aquatic therapy to provide a nearly stress-free environment for rehabilitation. SwimEx is dedicated to building the finest swim spa swimming pools and rehabilitation equipment for home, sports, therapy and healthcare.
For more information on SwimEx, visit www.swimex.com
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