hippotherapy

Hippotherapy (Hippos from the Greek word for horse) is rehabilitation strategy that uses the characteristic movements of the horse to passively influence the motor, sensory, and postural control of the patient. A foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing, which can be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. The equine movement is the tool the therapist will use and adjust in order to promote the goals identified in the initial evaluation. This medical treatment requires the ability to make an assessment and a diagnosis and then develop a treatment program with specific outcomes. For this reason, hippotherapy requires a licensed therapist (physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech/language pathologist).

Hippotherapy