Occupational Therapy is a health discipline that focuses on activities that a person does every day and that are meaningful to the client.
Some occupational therapy practitioners use horses during treatments with clients and this is called hippotherapy.
Hippotherapy is a great way to increase muscle tone, balance and posture in a client that has difficulty in any of these areas. It is a fun and exciting way to involve the whole body in a calming therapy session.
Here are some of the awesome benefits of hippotherapy.
- Improved Gross Motor Skills
- Reduced abnormal Muscle Tone
- Respiratory Control
- Improved Attention
- Tactile Response
- Visual Coordination
- Enjoyable interactions with the animal
- Opportunities for social interactions
- Improved self-esteem
Hippotherapy can impact a client in many positive ways, so go out and horse around today!
For more information about hippotherapy visit www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org.