Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Finally a something a little different from the animal world. Hippotherapy is a form of occupational, physical and speech therapy that utilizes the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. Apparently a horses pelvis has a similar 3-dimensional movement to the humans pelvis at a walk. As explained in this video, it is this movement which is tailored to each clients individual needs to set a course of treatment designed around what sensory or motor deficits are requiring work. Pretty cool huh! New Zealand has its own hippotherapy centre in Auckland http://www.totaraparkrda.org.nz/who_can_benefit.htm, hopefully I will get a placement with them!