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Ute Deutz, Nicole Heussen, Katharina Weigt-Usinger, Steffen Leiz, Christa Raabe, Tilman Polster, Steinbüchel Daniela, Christine Moll, Thomas Lücke, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Helmut Hollmann, Martin Häusler
This study investigated the effect of hippotherapy on gross motor function (Gross Motor Function Measure [GMFM]-66, GMFM dimension E and D) and quality of life (Child Health Questionnaire [CHQ 28], KIDSCREEN-27 parental versions) in children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy. Seventy-three children (age: 9.1 ± 3.3 years; male = 44; GMFCS levels II = 27; III = 17; IV = 29) were randomized to an early ( n  = 35) or late ( n  = 38) treatment group. Data from 66 probands were available for further analysis...
February 27, 2018: Neuropediatrics
Tomoko Mutoh, Tatsushi Mutoh, Hirokazu Tsubone, Makoto Takada, Misato Doumura, Masayo Ihara, Hideo Shimomura, Yasuyuki Taki, Masahiro Ihara
The aim of this study was to obtain data of gait parameters on predicting long-term outcome of hippotherapy. In 20 participants (4-19 years; GMFCS levels I to III) with cerebral palsy (CP), gait and balance abilities were examined after 10-m walking test using a portable motion recorder. Hippotherapy was associated with increased Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)-66 at 1 year from the baseline (P < 0.001). Hippotherapy increased stride length, walking speed, and mean acceleration and decreased horizontal/vertical displacement ratio over time (P < 0...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Mariane Fernandes Ribeiro, Ana Paula Espindula, Domingos Emanuel Bevilacqua Júnior, Jéssica Aparecida Tolentino, Carolina Fioroni Ribeiro da Silva, Márcia Fernandes Araújo, Alex Abadio Ferreira, Vicente de Paula Antunes Teixeira
OBJECTIVES: To analyze muscle activation of lower limbs (LL) of subjects in hippotherapy sessions. METHODS: The study included 10 healthy subjects, five male and five female, with an average age of 24.03 (±4.06) years. Subjects underwent four hippotherapy sessions of 30 min with interval of one week, and each session was performed with a different type of mount material in the following order: 1st performed with saddle and feet in the stirrups (S1), 2nd with saddle and feet off the stirrups (S2), 3rd with blanket and feet off the stirrup (S3) and 4th with blanket and feet in the stirrups (S4)...
January 2018: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Georgina Clutterbuck, Megan Auld, Leanne Johnston
PURPOSE: Evaluate effectiveness of active exercise interventions for improving gross motor activity/participation of school-aged, ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: A systematic review was conducted following PRISMA guidelines. Five databases were searched for papers including school-aged children with CP, participating in active, exercise interventions with gross motor outcomes measured at the Activity/Participation level. Interventions with previous systematic reviews were excluded (e...
January 5, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Deborah Weissman-Miller, Rosalie J Miller, Mary P Shotwell
Translational research is redefined in this paper using a combination of methods in statistics and data science to enhance the understanding of outcomes and practice in occupational therapy. These new methods are applied, using larger data and smaller single-subject data, to a study in hippotherapy for children with developmental disabilities (DD). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates DD affects nearly 10 million children, aged 2-19, where diagnoses may be comorbid. Hippotherapy is defined here as a treatment strategy in occupational therapy using equine movement to achieve functional outcomes...
2017: Occupational Therapy International
Namju Lee, Sok Park, Jongkyu Kim
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of hippotherapy and electroencephalography (EEG) neurofeedback on brain function and blood brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level in children with attention-deficit or/and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS: Sixteen children with ADHD participated in this study and were randomly divided into 2 groups, a 1-time hippotherapy group (W1G, n = 8) and a 2-time hippotherapy group (W2G, n = 8)...
September 30, 2017: Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry
Vanessa Vermöhlen, Petra Schiller, Sabine Schickendantz, Marion Drache, Sabine Hussack, Andreas Gerber-Grote, Dieter Pöhlau
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based complementary treatment options for multiple sclerosis (MS) are limited. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of hippotherapy plus standard care versus standard care alone in MS patients. METHODS: A total of 70 adults with MS were recruited in five German centers and randomly allocated to the intervention group (12 weeks of hippotherapy) or the control group. Primary outcome was the change in the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) after 12 weeks, and further outcome measures included fatigue, pain, quality of life, and spasticity...
August 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
B Caitlin McDaniel Peters, Wendy Wood
This systematic mapping review mapped current knowledge of equine-assisted interventions for people with autism to help guide future practice and research. Thirty-three studies including children and adolescents with autism, 3 of which confirmed diagnoses, were reviewed. Five types of equine-assisted activities were identified across 25 studies, with reported improvements in behavior, social interaction, and communication. Four types of equine-assisted therapies were identified across 8 studies, with reported improvements in motor control and self-care...
October 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
JiHyun Lee, Chang-Kyo Yun
[Purpose] The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of hippotherapy exercise on the thickness of deep abdominal muscles and daily activities of children with intellectual disabilities. [Subjects and Methods] Seven children with intellectual disabilities were treated with hippotherapy for 30 minutes twice a week for 6 weeks. The thickness of deep abdominal muscles and Functional Independence Measure (FIM) of the subjects were measured by ultrasonography before and after the experiment. [Results] There was no significant change in the thickness of the External Oblique and Internal Oblique muscles, but there was a statistically significant change in Transverse Adbominis thickness and FIM score after treatment compared to before treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Audrey Léveillé, Annie Rochette, Carolyne Mainville
OBJECTIVE: Explore the perceived risks and benefits of hippotherapy among parents of children currently engaged in or waiting rehabilitation using hippotherapy. METHOD: Phenomenological qualitative exploratory pilot study. An interview guide validated by experts was used to conduct the interviews. Summaries were written to capture first impressions. One team member coded the transcripts and the coding was validated by the research team through discussion until consensus was reached...
April 5, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
C Ammann-Reiffer, C H G Bastiaenen, A D Meyer-Heim, H J A van Hedel
BACKGROUND: Walking ability is a priority for many children with cerebral palsy (CP) and their parents when considering domains of importance regarding treatment interventions. Partial body-weight supported treadmill training has become an established therapeutic treatment approach to address this demand. Further, new robotic rehabilitation technologies have increasingly been implemented in the clinical setting to allow for longer training sessions with increased step repetitions while maintaining a consistent movement pattern...
March 2, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
Alexandra Stergiou, Meropi Tzoufi, Evangelia Ntzani, Dimitrios Varvarousis, Alexandros Beris, Avraam Ploumis
OBJECTIVE: Equine-assisted therapies, such as therapeutic riding and hippotherapy, are believed to have positive physical and emotional effects in individuals with neuromotor, developmental, and physical disabilities. The purpose of this review was to determine whether therapeutic riding and hippotherapy improve balance, motor function, gait, muscle symmetry, pelvic movement, psychosocial parameters, and the patients' overall quality of life. DESIGN: In this study, a literature search was conducted on MEDLINE, CINAHL, MBASE, SportDiscus, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, PEDro, DARE, Google Scholar, and Dissertation Abstracts...
October 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Elizabeth C Wonsetler, Mark G Bowden
BACKGROUND: In walking rehabilitation trials, self-selected walking speed (SSWS) has emerged as the dominant outcome measure to assess walking ability. However, this measure cannot differentiate between recovery of impaired movement and compensation strategies. Spatiotemporal variables and asymmetry ratios are frequently used to quantify gait deviations and are hypothesized markers of recovery. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this review is to investigate spatiotemporal variables and asymmetry ratios as mechanistic recovery measures in physical therapy intervention studies post-stroke...
February 21, 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Ewelina Matusiak-Wieczorek, Monika Małachowska-Sobieska, Marek Synder
BACKGROUND: Cerebrally palsied children demonstrated limited independence while performing various activities of daily living, which is due to disorders of postural control. The best solution to improve postural control is the use of therapies that simultaneously focus on the sense of balance and motor skills. Such possibilities for patients with cerebral palsy are offered, for example, by hippotherapy. OBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of hippotherapy on body balance in the sitting position among children with cerebral palsy...
March 23, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
Brandon Rhett Rigby, Adam Robert Gloeckner, Suzanne Sessums, Beth Anne Lanning, Peter Walter Grandjean
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize pelvic displacement and cardiorespiratory responses to simulated horseback riding and walking in youth with cerebral palsy and to compare responses to youth without cerebral palsy before and after 8 weeks of hippotherapy. METHOD: Eight youth with cerebral palsy (Mage = 10 ± 4 years; Mheight = 137 ± 24 cm; Mweight = 32 ± 16 kg) and 8 youth without cerebral palsy (Mage = 11 ± 2 years; Mheight = 149 ± 14 cm; Mweight = 48 ± 15 kg) underwent a hippotherapy intervention...
March 2017: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Tomoko Mutoh, Tatsushi Mutoh, Makoto Takada, Misato Doumura, Masayo Ihara, Yasuyuki Taki, Hirokazu Tsubone, Masahiro Ihara
[Purpose] This case series aims to evaluate the effects of hippotherapy on gait and balance ability of children and adolescents with cerebral palsy using quantitative parameters for physical activity. [Subjects and Methods] Three patients with gait disability as a sequela of cerebral palsy (one female and two males; age 5, 12, and 25 years old) were recruited. Participants received hippotherapy for 30 min once a week for 2 years. Gait parameters (step rate, step length, gait speed, mean acceleration, and horizontal/vertical displacement ratio) were measured using a portable motion recorder equipped with a tri-axial accelerometer attached to the waist before and after a 10-m walking test...
October 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Evhen Y Strashko, Аnna A Kapustianska, Lyudmyla E Bobyreva
Matters of physical and medical rehabilitation of children with organic lesions of the nervous system, in particular, with cerebral palsy, are actual in countries around the world. Hippotherapy is neurophysiologically oriented therapy using horses. Determine whether a combination of hippotherapy as a method of rehabilitation in the aftermath of outpatient comprehensive impact on MS on a stationary phase; Study of the effect of hippotherapy as securing and preparation method for learning new postures and movements in children with spastic cerebral palsy forms; The study of the possible optimization of psychophysical state, activation motivations of patients; Determination of the optimal timing of hippotherapy sessions, the number of procedures, the study of possible fatigue factor children...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Andréa Gomes Moraes, Fernando Copetti, Vera Regina Angelo, Luana Leonardo Chiavoloni, Ana Cristina David
UNLABELLED: [Purpose] This study evaluated the effects of hippotherapy on seated postural balance, dynamic balance, and functional performance in children with cerebral palsy and compared the effects of 12 and 24 sessions on seated postural balance. [Subjects and Methods] This study included 15 children with cerebral palsy aged between 5 and 10 years. INTERVENTIONS: A hippotherapy protocol was performed for 30 minutes, twice a week, for 12 weeks. Postural balance in a sitting position was measured using an AMTI AccuSway Plus force platform 1 week before initiating the hippotherapy program and after 12 and 24 weeks...
August 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Helena Mäenpää, Katri Kela, Heli Sätilä
Riding therapy is a comprehensive and functional form of rehabilitation, in which the rehabilitee, the horse and the riding therapist collaborate in order to achieve individually assigned goals that support rehabilitation. In Finland, riding therapy is therapeutic rehabilitation carried out by riding therapists who have undergone approved training. The therapy is mainly implemented in an individual form, but small group working is also applied, e.g. in the form of pair therapy and therapeutic vaulting. In Europe, this form of rehabilitation has been divided into hippotherapy supporting motor functions and heilpedagogical riding therapy functioning in support of upbringing...
2016: Duodecim; Lääketieteellinen Aikakauskirja
Fabiane Nunes Antunes, Alexandre Severo do Pinho, Ana Francisca Rozin Kleiner, Ana Paula Salazar, Giovana Duarte Eltz, Alcyr Alves de Oliveira Junior, Fernanda Cechetti, Manuela Galli, Aline Souza Pagnussat
Hippotherapy is often carried out for the rehabilitation of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), with the horse riding at a walking pace. This study aimed to explore the immediate effects of a hippotherapy protocol using a walk-trot pace on spatio-temporal gait parameters and muscle tone in children with Bilateral Spastic CP (BS-CP). Ten children diagnosed with BS-CP and 10 healthy aged-matched children (reference group) took part in this study. The children with BS-CP underwent two sessions of hippotherapy for one week of washout between them...
December 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
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