Hippotherapy is physiotherapy with horses where children can train their balance and coordination. The three-dimensional movement of the horse’s back provides an incredibly multifaceted therapeutic area of activity. Children love being with horses and it’s pure bliss to watch them bloom on the horse.
The patient sitting on the horse’s back has to constantly react to its movements, meaning that movement patterns, balance, coordination and much more can be practiced. The tension of the muscles is positively influenced in this way, and sensory processing, breathing, perception and psychological state can be significantly influenced.
Hippotherapy can help with :
- Diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system (for example: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, paraplegia…)
- Diseases of the caliper and musculoskeletal system (for example: scoliosis, poor posture…)
- Muscular and metabolic diseases
In Austria and Germany, hippotherapy is only allowed to be practiced by physiotherapists who have completed additional training in hippotherapy. The treatment is tailored to the patient and the therapy plan is drawn up accordingly.