Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
ISSN-L : 0915-5287
The Effects of Hippotherapy on the Motor Function of Children with Spastic Bilateral Cerebral Palsy
Hyun Jung ChangJeong-Yi KwonJi-Young LeeYun-Hee Kim
キーワード: Cerebral palsy, Hippotherapy, GMFM
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2012 年 24 巻 12 号 p. 1277-1280


[Purpose] The aim of this study was to investigate whether hippotherapy could improve the functional performance of preschool- and school-aged children with spastic bilateral CP. We assessed whether the therapeutic effects of hippotherapy would be different according to the functional statuses of the recipients. [Methods] Thirty-three children, aged four years or older, with spastic bilateral CP were enrolled in this study. The children received thirty minutes of hippotherapy twice a week for eight consecutive weeks. Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) and Pediatric Balance Scale (PBS) values were determined during the pre-riding control period, at the onset of hippotherapy, and after hippotherapy. The subjects served as their own controls. [Results] Total GMFM scores and PBS did not change during the pre-riding control period; however, the GMFM and PBS of children with CP improved significantly after hippotherapy. Specifically, dimensions D and E of the GMFM were significantly increased after hippotherapy compared with the pre-riding period. [Conclusions] Hippotherapy can improve gross motor function and balance in pediatric CP patients without adverse effects. Therefore, it may be considered as an effective therapeutic method for rehabilitation of preschool- and school-aged children with spastic CP.

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