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Horse Therapy MS:

Can Horse Therapy

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk Again

Horse therapy ms:  how can those of us benefit from doing horse or equine therapy?

What is Equine or Horse Therapy ?

Equine or Horse therapy is where a series of exercises are performed, while the person is sitting or riding on a horse.  There has been an increase in the number of horse riding academies that are offering equine or horse therapy as a physical therapy or rehabilitation for people with a variety of different health conditions, which is having an amazing impact in helping to improve how well people with often severe health problems to improve in how well they can function.

Horse therapy ms has been found to be an effective way to help people, both children and adults, who have problems with Multiple Sclerosis, ADD or ADHD, for severe autism or even people that have had mild to more severe strokes.

Exercising on the horse strengthens the muscles and increases balance, which allows the person to be able to stay on the horse without falling off. Once the person is able to balance on a horse, so that they don’t fall off, the therapists can lead the horse around, while the person undergoing therapy is sitting on it. This helps to get the person used to the movement of walking again and can actually help to retrain the brain to get used to the movement and natural gait of walking again, even if the person is not able to physically walk for a period of time.

How can doing Horse or Equine Therapy help to reduce the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and help those of us with MS to function again?

Equine therapy can help to increase muscle strength, increase balance, by increasing the strength of trunk muscles (the muscles around the waist and the lower back that help us to sit up, to balance and keep from falling off of a chair), increase leg strength and retrain the body and the brain for walking (gait training therapy). It has been found that the Natural gait of the horse mimics the natural walking gait of a person walking. This can be used to help retrain our brains for helping those with MS to learn to walk again.

Horse therapy MS can help reduce Multiple Sclerosis symptoms by increasing stamina, increasing muscle strength, regenerating reduced muscle mass, restore the ability to balance and sit up, improve mood, retrain the brain with gait training or with getting the brain used to the natural movement of walking again,  help to stimulate the nerves to reconnect neural pathways by stimulating the muscles connected to the nerves, reduce bladder incontinence and reduce bladder infections by boosting immunity.
Equine therapy has been reported to have been used with good results for certain types of health conditions, where the people were unable to walk before starting with this type of therapy, and, after doing extensive exercises using Equine therapy, they were able to walk again. This means that equine therapy has the potential of being able to help people, who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis walk again, by retraining the brain to get it used to what it is like for the body to walk again.

Using Equine therapy with the MS patients over an extended period of time gradually helps to retrain the brain, followed by strengthening and basically retraining the body through physical exercises.

This may be something that can really help those with Multiple Sclerosis return to being able to function again. To evaluate this idea, more research needs to be done in this area to determine if this is something that can provide the desired end results for Multiple Sclerosis patients. This is the concept behind Equine or horse therapy.

The idea that there may be a way to retrain the brain of those with MS that have been unable to walk for an extended period of time is a promising idea for helping those of us, who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and have been unable to walk for a period of time, to regain the ability to walk again.

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