Hippotherapy is a physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech-language pathology treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. It differs from therapeutic riding in that learning to ride is not the goal.
Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient’s integrated care plan.
In Hippotherapy, the horse influences the rider rather than the rider controlling the horse. The rider is positioned on the horse and actively responds to it’s movement. The therapist directs the movement of the horse; analyzes the rider’s responses, and adjusts the treatment accordingly.
LTR Hippotherapy Provider:
Catherine Wycoff, PT, DPT, GCFP, HPCS – of Kinetic Balance, a local holistic physical therapy practice
For more information on this service please contact us.