Hippotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment which makes use of the movement of the horse/ pony in order to develop core stability, postural control (head and trunk control), strength, suppleness, and balance reactions.
This form of therapy is ideally suited for children with cerebal palsy, developmental delay or genetic conditions, as well as stroke-victim adults, and adults with brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and general rehabilitation needs.
Goals are set with the rider, and/ or parent/carer or other therapists, to determine what functional outcomes are being aimed for, such as sitting balance or walking.
During treatment the person on horseback reacts to the rhythm and movement of the horse. This develops strength and coordination. The Physiotherapist walks next to the horse to direct the treatment and to ensure safety. The Physiotherapist will be assisted by a side walker if needed.
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Julie Roberts, Partner at Thomson & Bancks Solicitors is a proud supporter the local charity Bens First Steps. Ben is a 3 year old boy from Evesham who has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy, meaning he can’t sit, walk or crawl unaided.
Bens First Steps has already raised over £33,000 of the £60,000 goal, and the team here at Thomson & Bancks Solicitors want to do all we can to help them reach their target.
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