EQUINE FACILITATED WELLNESS
Some of the benefits of EFW include:
Improvement of mobility, balance and coordination
Reduction of spasticity of the lower limbs
Improvement of muscle tone and strength
Increased concentration and Improved learning skills
Development of self-confidence and motivation
Improvement of social skills
Improvement of head and trunk control
How can hippotherapy help my child?
The term 'hippotherapy' refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient's integrated plan of care. (AHA)
The movement of the horse cannot be duplicated by any piece of equipment. This special multi-dimensional movement provides a simulation of what a normal walking pattern should feel like; it is rhythmic, consistent, and predictable, just as human walking is. This repetitive movement allows the child ample opportunity to practice and refine balance responses which lead to improvements in core stabilization, postural control, motor skills, visual motor skills, bilateral co-ordination, attention and cognition. Hippotherapy can also be used to address sensory processing issues; it provides input to the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual and auditory systems.
At Enfants en Équi-Libre, in order to guarantee the quality of services offered, all of the health profressionals who offer hippotherapy at our centre have been certified by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA).
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