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Journal Abstract
Influence of Hippotherapy on Body Balance in the Sitting Position Among Children with Cerebral Palsy
Ewelina Matusiak-Wieczorek, Monika Małachowska-Sobieska, Marek Synder
Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2016; 18(2):165-175
ICID: 1205024
Article type: Original article
IC™ Value: 3.00
Abstract provided by Publisher
Background. Cerebrally palsied children demonstrated limited independence while performing various activities of daily living, which is due to disorders of postural control. The best solution to improve postural control is the use of therapies that simultaneously focus on the sense of balance and motor skills. Such possibilities for patients with cerebral palsy are offered, for example, by hippotherapy.
Objective. To assess the influence of hippotherapy on body balance in the sitting position among children with cerebral palsy.
Material and methods. The study enrolled thirty-nine children aged 6-12 years with GMFCS level 1 or 2 spastic diplegia or spastic hemiplegia. The participants were divided into an intervention group (n=19) and a control group (n=20). Children from the intervention group attended 30 minutes of hippotherapy once weekly for 12 consecutive weeks. The Sitting Assessment Scale (SAS) was used to assess the patients’ posture and balance.
Results. Some children improved their posture and balance during the study. Generally, control of trunk and head position and function of arms were getting better, while footwork was the weakest.

Conclusion. Hippotherapy has positive effects on the position and function of individual parts of the body, thus making it possible for cerebrally palsied children to improve posture and the ability to maintain balance in the sitting position.

ICID 1205024

DOI 10.5604/15093492.1205024
PMID 28155825 - click here to show this article in PubMed

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