Therapeutic horseback riding (Hippotherapy) has been used for years to treat neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury. It is a treatment used by Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists across the country to improve functional outcomes. Some studies show it is beneficial in reducing abnormal tone, promoting motor performance, creating symmetric alignment, improving postural awareness/control, gait and mobility. To read more about these studies, click on the following link:
Our therapists at Pediatric Therapies Hawaii have experience working with children using therapeutic riding techniques and are working to make this treatment method affordable and accessible to children with special needs here on Maui. If you are interested in helping us get this program off the ground, please call or email us. Donations are critical to expanding our services and programs. Thanks for your support!