The healing properties of water bring out my inner dreamer. While this weekend spent at The Courage Kenny Rehab Institute taking an aquatic course, and was a more academic atmosphere than adventurous, and I loved every moment because I spent part of it in a pool. There are few places I’d rather be in this world than a warm pool.
The Courage Kenny Institute was formed in 2013 through a merger of Courage Center and the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Both organizations have a strong history of service to people with disabilities. This started in 1911, when Miss Kenny encountered her first case of polio in Australia. Unaware of conventional means of polio treatment, Sister Kenny used moist hot packs to relieve pain and loosen muscles. Her theory was to re-educate the muscles so they could function again.
In 1940 Sister Kenny relocated to Minnesota and established the Sister Kenny Institute in 1942 where her pioneering rehabilitation methods became the foundation of physical therapy in the country. Today the Courage Kenny Institute is known for its progressive and innovative treatments. http://www.allinahealth.org/Courage-Kenny-Rehabilitation-Institute/Programs-and-services/Aquatic-therapy-programs/
Which is the reason behind the Courage Kenny partnering with Aquatic Therapy University to host an intense 2-day seminar, led by Kiki Dickinson, on treatments for orthopedic and neuro patients in a pool setting. http://www.aquatic-therapy-university.com/About-Us-4.html
For two days my brain was stuffed with information. I was saturated and wrinkled! We were exposed to 10 popular aquatic techniques currently being used in clinics around the globe. It was so exciting! When we left we felt ready to get in the water with musculoskeletal and neuro patients with fresh skills and perspective. And I felt great doing it! I can’t wait for the opportunity to put this course to practical use in a pool.
Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.