A child who comes to Horseplay Therapy Center for physical therapy works one on one with a therapist to increase gross motor function. They might work on things like head control, sitting balance, crawling, standing, walking, going up and downstairs, jumping, running, or walking on a balance beam.
Achieving physical therapy goals brings each child closer to reaching their highest level of potential.
On horseback, the therapist uses different positions to work different muscle groups. The horse’s movement naturally challenges the rider’s balance and coordination. Horses walk like humans walk, so a child who is non ambulatory is able to feel the body movements associated with walking. By riding the horse and feeling the repetitive motion of the horse’s walk, a non ambulatory child can often learn to walk themselves.
Our physical therapists spend time working off of the horse as well as on the horse for maximized results.
At Horseplay Therapy Center we treat children with a variety of diagnoses. These include Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, ASD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injury, sensory processing disorders, genetic disorders, and more.
Some Diagnoses That Benefit: