Influence of Neurophysiological Hippotherapy on the Transference of the Centre of Gravity Among Children with Cerebral Palsy Anna Maćków, Monika Małachowska-Sobieska, Ewa Demczuk-Włodarczyk, Marta Sidorowska, Alicja Szklarska, Anna Lipowicz Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2014; 16(6):581-593 ICID: 1135048
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Background. The aim of the study was to present the influence of neurophysiological hippotherapy on the transference of the centre of gravity (COG) among children with cerebral palsy (CP).
Material and methods. The study involved 19 children aged 4-13 years suffering from CP who demonstrated an asymmetric (A/P) model of compensation. Body balance was studied with the Cosmogamma Balance Platform. An examination on this platform was performed before and after a session of neurophysiological hippotherapy. In order to compare the correlations and differences between the examinations, the results were analysed using Student’s T-test for dependent samples at p ≤ 0.05 as the level of statistical significance and descriptive statistics were calculated.
Results. The mean value of the body’s centre of gravity in the frontal plane (COG X) was 18.33 (mm) during the first examination, changing by 21.84 (mm) after neurophysiological hippotherapy towards deloading of the antigravity lower limb (p ≤ 0.0001). The other stabilographic parameters increased; however, only the change in average speed of antero - posterior COG oscillation was statistically significant (p = 0.0354).
Conclusion: 1. One session of neurophysiological hippotherapy induced statistically significant changes in the po sition of the centre of gravity in the body in the frontal plane and the average speed of COG oscillation in the sagittal plane among CP children demonstrating an asymmetric model of compensation (A/P).
DOI 10.5604/15093492.1135048 PMID 25694373 - click here to show this article in PubMed