Equine or Horse
therapy is where a series of exercises are performed,
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.
another form of physical therapy, horse therapy has been
gaining more support and has been found to have dramatic results with
helping people, both adults and children, with more severe health
conditions, like Multiple Sclerosis, ADD/ADHD, severe autism or even
that have suffered a mild to severe stroke to be able
to function better again.
on the horse strengthens the muscles and increases balance, which
allows the person to be able to stay on the horse without falling off.
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
sitting on it.
This helps to get
the person used to the movement of
again and can actually help to retrain the brain to get used to the
and natural gait of walking again, even if the person is not able to
walk for a period of time.
can doing Horse or Equine Therapy
help to reducethesymptoms
of Multiple Sclerosis and help those of us with MS to function again?
therapy or MS equine
therapy is an excellent MS
therapy that can help to
strength, increase balance,
increasing the strength of trunk muscles (the muscles around the waist
lower back that help us to sit up, to balance and keep from
falling off of a chair),
increase leg strength, increase stamina, and retrain the body and the
brain for walking
It has been found that the natural gait of the horse
the natural walking gait of a person walking. This can be used to help
our brains for helping those with MS to learn to walk again.
therapy or equine therapy
can help reduce Multiple Sclerosis symptoms in the following ways:
* increase muscle
*restore muscles that
have partially atrophied
* restore balance
can help when sitting up, so that you don't fall over to the side or
fall off of the chair
can help you to stand up and let go or to walk across the room without
falling down after a few steps
* gait training by
brain to become used to the natural
movement of walking again
* stimulates nerves
helps to reconnect the neural pathways by stimulating the muscles
connected to the
* reduce bladder
reduce infections by
therapy has been reported to have been used with good
certain types of health conditions, where the people were unable to
starting with this type of therapy, and, after doing extensive
Equine therapy, they were able to walk again.
This means that
has been shown to have the ability to help
retraining the brain to get it used to what it is like for the body to
Doing therapy MS patients can benefit from doing is the main focus of
doing any type of physical therapy. To do horse therapy, the equine
therapists have to be specially trained and experienced at working with
horses, be a trained therapist with experience in working with disabled
patients and with patients with Multiple Sclerosis.
therapist must also have training and experience doing physical therapy
using horses to maintain a fun and safe way to provide the retraining
of the person's body using horse therapy.
be effective, horse therapy needs to be done consistently over a
longer period of time for those of us with Multiple Sclerosis to gain
the benefits from doing equine therapy.
may be something that can really
help those with Multiple Sclerosis return to being able to function
To evaluate this
idea, more research needs to be done in this area to determine if this
something that can provide the desired end results for Multiple
patients. This is the concept behind Equine or horse therapy.
main drawback with using horse therapy as another form of MS therapy is
that often the help insurance do not cover horse therapy as a
acceptable form of physical therapy, since this is not a main stream
approach for rehabilitation for Multiple Sclerosis patients.
equine or horse therapy becomes a more widespread type of physical
therapy used for Multiple Sclerosis, the insurances are mostly
not to cover the expenses for this form of therapy, which leaves the
burden of the expense of going for this type of therapy to the MS
The idea that
there may be a way to retrain the brain of those with MS that have been
to walk for an extended period of time is a promising idea for helping
us, who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and have been
walk for a period of time, to regain the ability to walk again and is
definitely worth considering if it is available near where you live and
if you are able to find a way to pay for this type of physical therapy.
Horse therapy is one type of physical therapy that help to retrain the
brain to get used to the natural rhythm of walking again, even if you
haven't been able to walk for a few years or a more extended period of
Horses also sense the degree of handicap that the person has that is
going for the horse therapy. It does help if you like horses
or are not afraid of them for deciding to go for horse therapy. Horse
therapy is not recommended for everyone as a MS
therapy, since if you are afraid of big animals, or you don't
trust horses then
it is probably better if you choose a different type of physical
that you feel more comfortable with doing for you to gain more of the
benefits of doing as physical therapy.
The farms or facilities that maintain horse or equine therapy
facilities does do fund raising to help to support the operation costs
of maintaining and running the horse therapy facilities and at times
there are scholarships available for those patients looking
into going for horse therapy.
Each horse therapy facility may have different requirements and
different setups for their facility and their funding sources for going
for horse therapy.
Check with the horse therapy facilities, near you, if you are
into going for horse therapy.
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