Hippotherapy
 
 
What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the movement of the horse. This treatment uses activities on the horse that can be both meaningful and motivational to the participant.
 
What is the difference from Therapeutic Riding?
Therapeutic riding focuses more on the teaching of specific riding skills. Hippotherapy treatment is centered around building a foundation to improve motor functioning and sensory processing. This foundation built on horseback can then be translated to a wide range of daily activities.
 
Who can benefit from Hippotherapy?
Anyone who seeks to improve their balance, posture, mobility,  and daily function. Or those who wish to work on their emotional, cognitive, behavioral, or communication skills.  
 
What is an Occupational Therapist (OT)?
OT’s help participants improve their ability to perform tasks in working and living settings. They work with individuals with mental, physical, developmental, or emotional challenges. OT’s use treatments such as Hippotherapy to achieve their goal of helping participants to have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
Want to learn more about Hippotherapy and the scientific research being done to continually improve treatments?
 
Contact Christina
Email: christina@frulcrumtherapy.com
Fulcrum Therapy website www.fulcrumtherapy.com
Telephone:  207.459.4039
 
 
 
Horses and Humans, a Partnership for Independence
 
Hippotherapy
You may be wondering “why Hippotherapy?” The answer is simple, because it works! Horse movement provides sensory input that is rhythmic and can be adjusted to achieve stimulation to the pelvic muscles that are often harder to stimulate using traditional physical therapy methods. The walk of a horse is very similar to the walk of a human thus the benefits can be seen when the movement of the horse is combined with clinical treatments to achieved desired goals by both the participant and Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist. With a horse, walking movement of muscles in the participant can be initiated with significant easy and more quickly than with more traditional physical manipulation by a trained therapist. This leaves more time and energies to be devoted to improving upon other desired skills while on horseback so that treatment benefits are essentially two fold. Participants are often more motivated during Hippotherapy sessions because a lot of the movement is being achieved passively through the horse.
 
The great thing about Hippotherapy is that the whole person can be transformed mentally and physically. In Hippotherapy, physical benefits include improved balance, posture, mobility and function. The benefits mentally include improved cognition, emotional state, behavioral patterns, and communication skills.
 
To find out more about hippotherapy please visit the website of Fulcrum Therapy.