Hypotherapy

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Hippotherapy
Definition: Physical occupational or speech therapy treatment that utilizes equine movement. Principles: Active response in patient; promoting variations in patient response; improves functional abilities in daily living. General Indications: Abnormal tone; impaired balance; decreased mobility; postural asymmetry. Medical condition that may benefit from HPOT: cerebral palsy; development delay; multiple sclerosis; cerebral vascular accident. Unique contributions of equine movement as a treatment tool: * Horse movement is very similar to the movement of a person pelvis during normal human gait. * Normal postural responses can be developed.

* Provide opportunities for the patient to develop new posture and movements. * Promotes active problem solving.
* Motivates the patient to actively participate.
3. Rotation of horse pelvis.
Result: Lateral pelvic tilt of the person astride.
4. Lateral flexion of the horse.
Result: Pelvic rotation of person astride.

3. Rotation of horse pelvis.
Result: Lateral pelvic tilt of the person astride.
4. Lateral flexion of the horse.
Result: Pelvic rotation of person astride.

1. Swing phase/Stance phase of the horse’s gait.
Result: Posterior pelvic tile/anterior pelvic tilt.
2. Lateral weight shift of the horse.
Result: Lateral displacement of the person stride.

1. Swing phase/Stance phase of the horse’s gait.
Result: Posterior pelvic tile/anterior pelvic tilt.
2. Lateral weight shift of the horse.
Result: Lateral displacement of the person stride.

Benefits of HPOT: Arousal; oral motor function; balance; motivation. Contra Indications: Violent behavior; coxa arthrosis; acute herniated disc; open wounds. Transmission of horse movement to the rider astride:

Influence of horse’s movement on one’s system: Bringing sub functional arousal up to a more normal level; Bringing a hyper aroused level down to a more normal level. HPOT and SI: The horse provides enhanced gradable sensory...
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