Hippotherapy is recommended for full or partial treatment of a range of problems including cerebral palsy, autism, scoliosis and other spinal problems, schizophrenia, Down’s syndrome, disorder with nervous system, mental deficiency, osteochondrosis, prostatitis, as well as in the post heart attack and stroke rehabilitation period, etc.
The application of hippotherapy has grown exponentially in the world over the last decade. Hippotherapy, as a treatment, is not only a pleasurable experience; it is an exercise therapy and massage with clinical and psychological benefits, and far more effective than the traditional massage or exercise therapy. Hippotherapy is a kind of therapy that utilizes equine (horse) movement. Derived from the Greek hippos, for horse, “hippotherapy” literally refers to treatment or therapy aided by a horse. The main advantage of hippotherapy over traditional methods of rehabilitation is that it provides an effective combination of physical and emotional impact on the patient.