Pros And Uses Of Hippotherapy: Equine Assisted Therapy

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Hippotherapy, a common yet understudied and misunderstood form of therapy. Commonly known as equine assisted therapy, utilizes the movement of the horse to promote relaxation and muscular benefits. Having been practiced, in medical for centuries and recently increasing in popularity Hippotherapy has somehow previously been subject to minimal studying thus invoking questions such as, what is Hippotherapy, why is it beneficial to muscle function, and how is it a beneficial therapy.
Hippotherapy, a popular practice in modern medical although benefits of this treatment are not thoroughly understood. Wildly known as its non-medical name, equine assisted therapy is a form of therapy involving horses and their gaits to benefit people with disabilities. This is further explained by Brenda, Equine assisted therapy is a treatment involving a horse’s movement to advance posture, symmetry, and total body function (Benda, McGibbon, & Grant, 2003, p. 818).Hippotherapy unlike any other form of therapy isn’t limited to as to who it benefits. With the use of Hippotherapy many different ailments have shown improvement as illustrated by Benda, “Hippotherapy has been used for decades in treatment of children with cerebral palsy, as well as for such conditions as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, and sensory impairment” (Benda, McGibbon, & Grant, 2003, p.
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Subsets of the trunk muscles being as stated by Kim and lee “five muscles- rectus abdominis (RA), Erector spinae (ES), quadratus lumborum (QL), external oblique (EO), and the glutes medius (GM)” (Kim & Lee, 2015, p. 63). Trunk muscles are the primary stabilizers so in order to maintain balance and over all function, these muscle groups need to be strong and well worked factors that have been shown to be greatly improved by

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