The effect of a hippotherapy session on spatiotemporal parameters of gait in children with cerebral palsy - pilot study. Faustyna Manikowska , Marek Jóźwiak , Maciej Idzior , Po-Jung Brian Chen , Dariusz Tarnowski Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2013; 15(3):253-257 ICID: 1058420
Article type: Original article
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Background: Hippotherapy has been shown to produce beneficial effects by improving the most difficult motor functions, such as sitting, running, jumping, coordination, as well as balance and muscle strength in children with motor developmental delays.
The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of hippotherapy on spatiotemporal parameters of gait in cerebrally palsied children.
Material and methods: 16 ambulatory cerebrally palsied children (GMFCS Level I-III; Female: 10, Male: 6; Age: 5.7-17.5 years old) qualified for hippotherapy were investigated. Basic spatiotemporal parameters of gait, including walking speed, cadence, step length, stride length and the left-right symmetry, were collected using a three-dimensional accelerometer device (DynaPort MiniMod) before and immediately after a hippotherapy session. The Wilcoxon test was used to verify the differences between pre- and post-session results.
Results: Changes of walking speed were statistically significant. With the exception of step length, all spatiotemporal parameters improved, i.e. were closer to the respective reference ranges after the session. However, these changes were not statistically significant.
Conclusion: One session of hippotherapy may have a significant effect on the spatiotemporal parameters of gait in cerebrally palsied children.
DOI 10.5604/15093492.1058420 PMID 23898002 - click here to show this article in PubMed