SOURCE: Motion Picture & Television Fund

December 03, 2007 12:00 ET

The Motion Picture & Television Fund Offers Entertainment Industry Members a Unique Combination of Aquatic and Land Therapy

Leading Aqua Therapy Expert Lynda Huey Brought On-Board to Develop and Lead Program

WOODLAND HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - December 3, 2007) - The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), the premier health and social services charity of the entertainment industry, today announced its aquatic therapy program has launched at MPTF's Saban Center for Health and Wellness. To oversee the program, MPTF has brought in noted aquatic therapy expert Lynda Huey and her company, CompletePT Pool and Land Physical Therapy.

The aquatic therapy pool, which was funded by a donation from Academy Award®-winning actress Jodie Foster, is part of the organization's recently opened Saban Center for Health and Wellness. In addition to the aquatic therapy pool, the center includes a high-tech fitness gym, physical and occupational therapies, health assessments and education and wellness classes offered in a modern community room.

MPTF is now integrating aquatic and land-based therapies to give patients a wider range of options to treat injuries and pain, as well as people recovering from, or preparing for, surgery.

"In a pool, a patient can do many exercises they can't do in a land-based gym because of the water's buoyancy and the elimination of gravity," said Huey. "Combining aquatic therapy with a land-based therapy program gives the physical therapist the ability to better serve their patients. MPTF now has everything under one roof."

Huey is founder of Huey's Athletic Network and a former athlete and coach whose own injuries led her into the water to find fitness and healing. She was educated at San Jose State University where she starred on the track and field team during its golden years. She earned a masters degree in kinesiology, coached volleyball, field hockey, and track and field at several universities before writing her autobiography and starting her own business. Huey pioneered the use of water training with Olympic athletes in 1983 and wrote four books on water exercise. She has written for most of America's top sports magazines, hosted a sports show on KCRW and worked for NBC at the Seoul Olympic Games. She lectures regularly in Australia, Italy and the U.S. and appears on TV in those countries.

Since 1993, Huey has combined her knowledge of working with injured Olympic athletes with the expertise of physical therapists to create an advanced set of aquatic therapy protocols. Working hand-in-hand with land therapists, CompletePT offers orthopedic, rheumatological and neurological patients a progressive environment in which to regain full function.

For more than 85 years, the Motion Picture & Television Fund has served California's entertainment community. It provides healthcare, retirement care, childcare and charitable social services with compassion and respect for the dignity of the whole person. MPTF is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for senior citizens. Charity has always remained at the heart of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. For more information about MPTF visit

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