Therapy Services - Physical Therapy & Speech Therapy
In hippotherapy, a specially trained physical, occupational, or speech therapist properly positions the patient on the horse, analyzes the patient's response and directs the horse's movement to achieve specific patient treatment goals. The horse is used as a unique treatment modality in conjunction with traditional therapies. As the horse walks, its center of gravity is displaced three-dimensionally with back and forth, up and down, side to side, and rotational movements. The horse's movement has a therapeutic effect on the patient with a precise, repetitive pattern of movement very similar to the movement of a person's pelvis during normal walking. Additionally, the movement of the horse produces sensory input to the brain and the nervous system of the patient.
Physical Therapy Focused Treatments
Hippotherapy has been shown to be one of the most efficient and effective treatments used to improve posture, balance, mobility, and function in patients with motor disorders.Major aims of hippotherapy include mobilization of the pelvis, lumbar spine and hip joints, normalization of muscle tone, development of head and trunk postural control and development of equilibrium reactions in the trunk. In fact, improvement in postural control and trunk equilibrium reactions can be achieved more easily on the horse than in the clinic. The horse's rhythmical movements transmit symmetrical sensory input to the patient in a way that cannot be imitated by a mechanical apparatus or with any degree of consistency in the traditional occupational and physical therapy clinic. Therefore, hippotherapy offers an alternative and valuable adjunct to more conventional treatment modalities.
Speech Language Pathology Focused Treatments
The speech-language pathologist is able to use equine movement to facilitate the physiologic systems that support speech and language. When combined with other standard speech-language intervention strategies, the speech-language pathologist is able generate effective remediation of communication disorders and promote functional communication outcomes.
These treatments benefit individuals with movement dysfunction due to developmental disabilities, including (but not limited to):
How do I get involved?
Specially trained therapy professionals evaluate each potential patient on an individual basis to determine the appropriateness of including hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. To schedule an assessment, please call the Cheff Center at 269-731-4471.
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Testimonial Tuesday: Meet Natalie
Everyone who comes to Cheff has a unique experience that oftentimes has far reaching effects. Today, we'd like to highlight Natalie.
Natalie is currently our youngest client at the Cheff Center- begining her journey at only 14 months. Click the link below to read her mom's thoughts on the experience.Read more Birthday Blessings
Since 2005, volunteer extraordinaire Kathy Keelan Pew, has donated her birthday to the Cheff (Ride-a-Thon) - to the tune of nearly $15,000 ($2,475 in 2016 alone!)
Cheff day is the highlight of my daughters week, our life is all about horses, thanks to the great people at the Cheff Center!!! Thanks for putting a big smile on her face every week.
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