What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is led by a licensed physical therapist and targets skills such as balance, strength and coordination. The aim is to reach functional goals such as improved walking, stair climbing or running such as in a game of soccer.
What is Unique about Physical Therapy at Woodland Strides?
Typically, physical therapy sessions incorporate both traditional, clinic-based techniques and hippotherapy (the movement of a horse). Hippotherapy is a treatment strategy that utilizes the movement of the horse to achieve functional outcomes. The treatment tool can only utilized by a licensed physical, occupational or speech therapist. Research shows that the rhythmic and repetitive motion of the horse provides sensory input to clients that is similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. It has been shown to improve core stability, balance, posture, mobility and function. Hippotherapy can be beneficial for all ages, from children of at least 2 years of age, to those in their 70s and beyond. There are a variety of diagnoses treated, such as Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke. Hippotherapy may not be appropriate for everyone. Therefore, each client is given a thorough evaluation to determine if hippotherapy is an appropriate treatment strategy for that individual. Sessions are typically spent utilizing hippotherapy for half of the treatment time; the gym is employed for traditional treatment strategies for the other half.
What is the frequency?
Physical therapy sessions are most commonly 30 minutes twice per week or 60 minutes once per week. Typically, 30 minutes are dedicated to traditional treatment techniques in the gym on-site and the other 30 minutes to goal-directed activities on horseback.