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APPEAL No. 12
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Start Date: 01 February 2009
Closing Date: 01 July 2009
The medical use of the horse which addresses people with neuromotor dysfunction is called Hippotherapy and was developed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 1960s.In Hippotherapy horse is a means to a treatment goal.
Hippotherapy comes from the Greek roots hippo-, for horse and the word therapy , thus meaning therapy with the help of a horse.The horse's pelvis has the same three dimensional movement of the human's pelvis at the walk. The horse's three dimensional movement is carefully graded at the walk in each treatment for the patient. This three dimensional movement provides physical and sensory input, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The variability of the horse's gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of input to the patient and utilize this movement in combination with other treatment strategies to achieve desired therapy goals.
Medical conditions for which hippotherapy is indicated are:Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
Functional spinal curvature (scoliosis)
Learning or language disabilities
Sensory Processing Disorders
Traumatic brain injury
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