What is Hippotherapy?
- Comes from the Greek word “hippos” meaning horse.
- Used by physical, occupational and speech therapists as a treatment strategy
- Treatment with the help of the horse’s movement.
- Goal is to improve function (e.g. reaching, sitting, standing and walking)
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Why use the horse?
How does hippotherapy differ from horseback riding lessons?
Who benefits from incorporating hippotherapy into a treatment plan?
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Other genetic conditions
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
What does research say about hippotherapy?
- Daily life skills
- Energy expenditure
- Gross motor skills
- Head and trunk control
- Muscle tone
- Psychosocial function
- Quality of life
- Reaching skills
What activities are performed on the horse?
Will insurance pay for therapy services that may include hippotherapy?
Some insurances pay for physical, occupational or speech therapy using hippotherapy, but a copay may be required. Other insurances do not pay for hippotherapy. Our office manager will be able to help you determine your insurance coverage.