Hippotherapy offer relief from many different conditions. The approaches combine natural interactions with horses with kinesthetic movement experiences that are designed to promote health and wellbeing. Hippotherapy approach begins with neurostructural integration technique.
Hippotherapy is an approach that incorporates interactions with horses for therapeutic benefits. Horses are ideal because they move in a rhythmic fashion that mimic human motions. Therapies that involve using horses can treat conditions ranging from behavioral problems to physical troubles.
Neurostructural integration technique (NST) is a process designed to correct structural problems in the body, including the spine. Many use the approach to alleviate pain symptoms, whether chronic or acute. NST is a type of bodywork that helps the body to regulate itself after the spinal column is aligned properly.
The structural integrity of the body is an intricate system that can have profound effects on the entire body. People who use this approach find that they experience higher energy levels, fewer symptoms associated with medical conditions, less pain, and an increased feeling of overall wellbeing. An NST equine technique incorporates hippotherapy into the program.
Dynamic body balance is an integral part of a person’s wellbeing. Those who are out of balance find that troubles manifest in a number of ways, including emotional and physical problems. Many forms of alternative and complementary medicine seek to restore balance within the body. This approach can be used along side hoppotherapy to achieve optimal health.
Horses are ideal because they offer the natural flow of movement that is present in a balanced body system. The seamless movements when practiced, offer a viable option to creating a balance that begins with a kinesthetic experience and perception.
Dynamic Body Balance works the following areas of the body:
In addition to creating balance by exercising the various parts of the body, hippotherapy techniques help with sensory processing and perception as well.
The experience of riding on a horse provides countless sensory experiences that can help an individual calm and organize his or her sensory processing systems. The process involves movement, smells, sights, tactical, and auditory elements that submerge the individual in a whole-body experience. For this reason, the approach can be used to treat some of the following conditions:
• Attention Defict-Hyperactivity Disorder
• Sensory Dysfunction Disorder
• Behavior problems
• Balance problems
• Motion sickness
Other conditions can be treated using sensory processing and hippotherapy as well. The treatment involves more than simply riding a horse. Each session offers a way to maximize the experience to help patients reach specific goals outlined in their plan of care.