Hippotherapy (reittherapy) in Abano Terme - indications and contraindications

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Hippotherapy (reittherapy) in Abano Terme

Hippotherapy is a rehabilitation method to improve and restore motor activity. The essence of the method lies in the fact that the patient, under the guidance of an instructor, rides a horse. The horse's body temperature is 1.5 degrees higher than the temperature of the human body, so the movements of the horse’s back muscles warm the rider’s spastic muscles. For a patient with impaired motor activity, it is extremely important to imitate the movements of a healthy person, since the body has mechanisms for memorizing the experience gained. And the hip part and lower limbs, when riding a horse that is walking, imitate these complex three-dimensional movements. The work includes those muscle groups that are inactive in the patient, the movements of all the muscles of the body are synchronized. Gradually improvement or restoration of lost skills. Hippotherapy is prescribed in such cases: neuropathy, neurosis, and other diseases of the nervous system; cerebral palsy, various forms of paralysis, disorders of the musculoskeletal system; autism, down syndrome, poliomyelitis; speech disorders; strokes; injuries; violation of posture; first degree scoliosis.


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