Liz Sang Watson, Registered Occupational Therapist
Great Strides Therapy
14091 Scio Church Road, Chelsea, MI 48118
Hippotherapy is Occupational, Physical or Speech therapy treatment using the movement of a horse as a therapeutic tool. Therapy is provided in a natural, sensory rich environment. The human/animal bond and active participation in the process benefits the patient physically and emotionally.
What happens during a hippotherapy session?
Traditional therapeutic techniques are integrated with the movement of the horse. The four beat gait of the horse simulates a person´s movement as if he/she is actually walking. Improved muscle tone, balance, reflexes, coordination, mobility and posture are seen as a result of hippotherapy treatment. Hippotherapy assists the patient to improve concentration, problem solving, self-esteem and fosters a sense of control.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Hippotherapy treatment team. The volunteer staff for each client consists of a horse leader and one or two side walkers for safety and assistance. Great Strides could not operate without our great volunteers!
It is the mission of Great Strides Therapy to provide client -centered, outcome oriented rehabilitative therapy services for individuals with neurological or musculoskeletal challenges in an innovative, intrinsically motivating treatment setting.