One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength.‘during hippotherapy a person with cerebral palsy can benefit from trying to maintain balance in response to a horse's motion’
- ‘A half-hour session of hippotherapy once a week can help children develop this control.’
- ‘"My daughter loves having hippotherapy," she says.’
- ‘It sounds wonderful, but how far has hippotherapy been proved to have lasting effects on posture, balance and motor skills?’
- ‘"One reason hippotherapy can help is the basic 'A' frame of the horse," she explains.’
- ‘In fact Esha is having hippotherapy, a little known treatment for profoundly disabled children which appears to be having some stunning results.’
- ‘His mother, Helen, says that by doing hippotherapy for the last three years, James has come into his own.’
- ‘It is not considered hippotherapy unless a therapist has set specific medical goals for the rider.’
- ‘The charity urgently needs funds to make both hippotherapy and "therapeutic riding" available to the children who could benefit.’
- ‘The results were compared against results for the same children during an eight-week period without hippotherapy.’
- ‘Until recently, hippotherapy has been met with skepticism from a medical community demanding hard science rather than anecdotal evidence.’
- ‘Horses have been described as "tools" used by therapists – and more and more states are covering hippotherapy.’
- ‘The changes in Gigi are not lost on her mother, who first learned of hippotherapy through television.’
1980s: from Greek hippos ‘horse’ + therapy.
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