Get Hip with Hippotherapy!
Hippotherapy is one of our favorite programs offered here at Beyond Limits, and no, there are no hippos involved!
Hippotherapy is a one-on-one treatment provided by an Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapist. While the participants are mounted, they will usually be on a bareback pad instead of a saddle. This is to be sure they get the full benefit of the motion and feel of the horse. They will not be learning riding skills, so no saddle or reins are necessary. The horse is utilized for the dynamic movement patterns that are beneficial for improving strength, providing sensory input, and also for providing motivation for cognitive outcomes. The horse’s movement is purposefully manipulated to provide the necessary input that ultimately results in functional outcomes in the individual. At all times, there is direct hands-on participation by the therapist.
FUN HIPPOTHERAPY FACT:
Hippotherapy literally means “treatment with the help of the horse” from the Greek word, “hippos” meaning horse. See, you’re learning already!
More About Hippotherapy…
Hippotherapy requires one or two volunteers per session depending on the client’s ability level. Typically, there is a side walker to assist with the session and work in tandem with the therapist to ensure the safety of the client, and a leader that plays the integral role in managing the horse and manipulating movement patterns with the horse. The treating therapist continually assesses and modifies therapy based on the child’s progress.
The beauty of this type of therapy is the ability to take traditional clinical therapy, and put it on the back of the horse! By improving neurological function in cognition, body movement, organization, and attention levels our clients go on to realize functional outcomes leading to greater independence in life. Beyond Limits provides Hippotherapy for children approximately 4 years of age up to age 21.