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Hippotherapy is a form of physiotherapy. It uses the movement of a horse to replicate the sensory and motor output of the human pelvis in walking.
Hippotherapy requires a qualified physiotherapist with additional qualifications and full insurance.
The therapist will usually work one-to-one with the disabled person or child. The therapist places the disabled person in different positions on the horse to help develop balance and posture. Using the horse helps the pupil learn to co-ordinate and control their responses.
Riding for the Disabled Association stables offer therapeutic riding in small groups with a riding instructor and physiotherapist. Therapeutic riding uses the horse's natural movements to stimulate desired responses in the rider's muscles and posture.
Contact the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists or the Riding for the Disabled Association.
For more information on hippotherapy and how it can help, read Understanding Hippotherapy written by Lauren Tate on behalf of Pannone.
Hi all, I am a Masters student at Liverpool John Moores University, I am currently carrying out a study on the effects of Horse Riding Therapy on adults with cerebral palsy.
Hi all, I am currently studying MSc Clinical Biomechanics I am carrying out a study at Liverpool John Moores University, investigating the effects of horse riding therapy on movement of adults with Cerebral Palsy.
Hello, I'm looking to use Hippotherapy but wondered if the people offering the services are registered.
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