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The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation performed a research review to determine whether therapeutic riding and hippotherapy improve balance, motor function, gait, muscle symmetry, pelvic movement, psychosocial parameters, and the patients’ overall quality of life.  Following a literature search, 16 articles were included in the review.  Assessment revealed: most of the studies showed …

Therapeutic Effects of Horseback Riding - Your Therapy Source

The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation performed a research review to determine whether therapeutic riding and hippotherapy improve balance, motor function, gait, muscle symmetry, pelvic movement, psychosocial parameters, and the patients’ overall quality of life. Following a literature search, 16 articles were included in the review. Assessment revealed: most of the studies showed […]

What Is Hippotherapy?

What Is Hippotherapy?

Horses are essential in hippotherapy, a form of neuromuscular therapy that can improve the posture and coordination of a child with disabilities.

My experience with hippotherapy (no hippos involved)

My experience with hippotherapy (no hippos involved) - Activity Tailor

I can’t remember when my daughter didn’t love horses. It seems like since she was old enough to speak she was begging for pony rides, begging for riding lessons, begging for a horse. I distinctly remember her first ride. We were on vacation in the mountains and a nearby stable offered pony rides. She was […]

Hippotherapy and Balance

Hippotherapy and Balance

Physical Therapy published research on the effects of hippotherapy on balance. Sixteen children with documented balance problems participated in 45 minute hippotherapy sessions, 2 times per week for 6 weeks. Following the intervention the participants exhibited a statistical difference on the Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) on the Activities Scale for Kids—Performance (ASKp). The researchers concluded that hippotherapy may be a viable strategy for reducing balance deficits and improving the…

Horses, Hope, Healing

Horses. Hope. Healing.

Sharing the stories behind NCEFT and our patients

Equine Facilitated Therapy:  Three Methods

Equine Facilitated Therapy: Three Methods

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Our Version of Pet Therapy

Our Version of Pet Therapy

I just thought I would take a moment to talk about how great it is to have animals around our clinic. We generally have an assortment of dogs and cats that come and hang out at the c…

Pet Therapy in the News (on NPR)

Pet Therapy in the News (on NPR)

[Source: NPR.org] Those of us who own pets know they make us happy. But a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier. That helps explain the increasing use of animals — dogs and cats mostly, but also birds, fish, and even horses — in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions. Take Viola, or Vi for short. The retired guide dog is the resident canine at the Children's Inn on the campus of…

The therapeutic use of pets (such as dogs, cats, fish, and horses) is often used within occupational therapy practice and it is considered to be a sensory modulation approach.

Pet Therapy - OT-Innovations

The therapeutic use of pets (such as dogs, cats, fish, and horses) is often used within occupational therapy practice and it is considered to be a sensory modulation approach. It is sometimes also referred to as animal-assisted therapy. The integration of animal-assisted therapy into clinical practice and related research may also be found within the nursing, psychology, and rehabilitation literature as well as others. However, it has only been in the last half of the twentieth century that…

Animal Assisted Therapy-AAT is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

Animal-assisted therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy-AAT is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

The potential benefits of animal assisted therapy for children with special needs.  Dawn Oakley OTR/L and Gail Bardin, OTR/L.

Potential Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy

The potential benefits of animal assisted therapy for children with special needs. Dawn Oakley OTR/L and Gail Bardin, OTR/L.

The therapeutic use of pets (such as dogs, cats, fish, and horses) is often used within occupational therapy practice and it is considered to be a sensory modulation approach.

Pet Therapy - OT-Innovations

The therapeutic use of pets (such as dogs, cats, fish, and horses) is often used within occupational therapy practice and it is considered to be a sensory modulation approach. It is sometimes also referred to as animal-assisted therapy. The integration of animal-assisted therapy into clinical practice and related research may also be found within the nursing, psychology, and rehabilitation literature as well as others. However, it has only been in the last half of the twentieth century that…

How Pet Therapy Can Help Autism.

How Pet Therapy Can Help Autism - Autism Center - Everyday Health

How Pet Therapy Can Help Autism.

Valuable Lessons from Four-Legged 'Therapists'

Students at Sierra Academy of Scottsdale Learn Valuable Lessons from Four-Legged ‘Therapists’

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