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Master Thesis

Intérêt de l’hippothérapie comme outil de rééducation chez les enfants atteints de paralysie cérébrale

Abstract : Hippotherapy consist in therapeutic use of horses for rehabilitation. This therapeutic tool is not commonly used in France for physical therapy while many studies show very promising benefits especially for children with cerebral palsy (CP). The purpose of this work was to show how it can help children with CP in order to encourage physical therapists to use it. A non-systematic review of literature was conducted using clinical trials, meta-analyzes and randomized controlled trials since 2010 about children with PC. 7 studies were included in this review. 5 of these demonstrated significant improvements on gross motor function. The sitting balance is already significantly improved in 3 studies. Moreover, a decrease of spasticity was found after a session of hippotherapy in 3 studies. Finally, the use of horse in therapeutic way improved activities of daily living and increased motivation and participation in the physical therapy. Hippotherapy can bring different benefits to children with CP. These benefits are both physical and psychological. But hippotherapy requires financial and human resources which can be a barrier to its use.
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Joana Patricia Gordinho-Lunel. Intérêt de l’hippothérapie comme outil de rééducation chez les enfants atteints de paralysie cérébrale. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2021. ⟨dumas-03473185⟩



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