NMET offers Hippotherapy, a form of equine assisted therapy, for those with various challenges
NMET Uses Hippotherapy As a Therapeutic Tool Year-round
This form of occupational, physical, and speech therapy uses a horse as the therapeutic tool. This strategy uses a horse's presence and movements as the primary way to achieve functional goals.
Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, which makes it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control. While addressing weight bearing, and motor planning, it also helps with balance, building overall postural strength and endurance.
Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait transitions, the patient must perform subtle adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position.
When a patient is sitting forward astride the horse, the horse’s walking gait imparts movement responses remarkably similar to normal human gait.
Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.
* Hippotherapy as defined by the American Hippotherapy Association
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Hippotherapy as described by Courtney Angell Sumpter on the radio with McLaren President David Zechman
For a more extensive description of Equine Therapy, please listen to Occupational Therapist Courtney Angell Sumpter's radio interview with McLaren President David Zechman.
Medical Conditions Benefiting from Hippotherapy
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sensory Integrative Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Spina Bifida
- Functional Spinal Kyphosis
- Cerebral Vascular Accident/Stroke