Healing with Horses Through the Use of Hippotherapy Equipment
Occupational and physical therapy are often a necessary part of the care plan for patients with limited mobility. These therapy sessions can feel daunting and discouraging for participants which can lead to patient non-compliance.
With the right hippotherapy equipment, humans and horses have worked side by side for centuries and the bonds people form with these powerful and beautiful animals can assist in healing.
What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy, or the use of horses as a means to achieve physical therapy and occupational therapy goals, is one activity that can be made easier by the use of proper transfer slings for the disabled.
Hippotherapy provides a fun way for patients to participate in their physical and occupational therapy which can lead to less resistance and higher levels of patient compliance.
Hippotherapy allows the rider to work on functional mobility. It simulates the hip, spine, and shoulder movements used in walking. It is often combined with other treatments, such as speech therapy, as a means to include multidisciplinary work. This allows tasks that can feel boring to be done in a fun and stimulating way. Hippotherapy helps build balance by strengthening the core and increasing trunk control.
Safe Participant Transfer
Safely transferring a patient with limited mobility onto the back of a horse may seem like a daunting task. It is vital that the patient’s comfort and dignity be maintained during the transfer while also assuring the safety of the horse, the rider, and the therapist overseeing the hippotherapy session.
Lift and Care Systems offers a variety of options to assist patients with limited mobility in transferring from their chair onto the back of the trained therapy horses. Slings and lifts can safely be used for these transfers depending on the individual needs of the participant and the provider.
The Surehands Body Support System
The Surehands Body Support System uses a mounted ceiling track for safe and easy transfers. It secures the upper body without the need for shoulder strength. It is versatile and suitable for both adults and children. The participant can transfer independently or with the help of an attendant.
The lift’s building materials make it perfect for the barn environment as it doesn’t absorb moisture, so won’t rust. It is also easy to clean and sanitize which is vital in a multi-patient environment.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME)
Lift and Care Systems offers a variety of slings and patient lifts. They are experts at matching organizations with the durable medical equipment (DME) they need to offer the best care to those they serve.
Having the right hippotherapy equipment assures safety and comfort for both the people and animals involved.
If you live in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island and would like more information on patient transfer devices used in hippotherapy please call (508) 802-4259 to speak to an expert at Lift and Care Systems. We will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect hippotherapy equipment to meet your needs whether it is a ceiling-mounted lift or a portable transfer sling for the disabled.