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Ai Chi: Empower your Patients!

Evidence shows mind-body therapies are a promising option for a wide range of
conditions especially for chronic disease. Ai Chi is an aquatic mind-body therapy based
on principals of Qigong and is often used in group aquatic exercise class settings.
However, Ai Chi has potential for much broader application during one-on-one aquatic
physical therapy sessions to address individual treatment goals. This educational
session will review mechanistic studies demonstrating how mind-body therapies may
improve clinical outcomes. In addition, current evidence on pain neuroscience will be
discussed and integrated with Ai Chi clinical practice. The speaker will synthesize
numerous articles about the effects of Ai Chi on pain, balance, functional activities and
quality of life for a variety of patient populations including Parkinson’s disease,
fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, balance impairments, low back pain and more. The
underlying principles of Ai Chi will be reviewed and innovative ideas on clinical
application will be given. Video cased studies will be utilized to show specific examples
of Ai Chi application within individual physical therapy sessions with actual patients.
Information will be presented at a level that will benefit students, new therapists, as well
as experienced clinicians.

Objectives:
- Recognize current evidence and possible mechanisms for the benefits from
mind-body therapies and pain neuroscience.
- Understand current evidence on Ai Chi to address pain, balance, functional
activity and quality of life.
- Practice basic principles of Ai Chi.
- Develop individualized treatment plans with elements of Ai Chi to address
specific therapy goals.

Note: CEU not applicable in AK, CA, CO, HI, LA, NJ, NM, NV
Note: CEU not pre-approved in the following states, but licensees may seek their own approval in AR, DE, FL, OH, TX
All other states: .2 CEU/2 CCU or contact hours