Hippotherapy – maybe not what you thought

Hippotherapy is another new word for me. I heard it on the radio, so I had to knowhippotherapy_definition  more.   (No, it is not where they put a hippo on a couch.)

In reality, hippotherapy is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy. A therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. It is meant to improving coordination, balance, and strength.

It is not the same as therapeutic horseback riding.

The word hippotherapy has its roots in the Greek word hippos (horse). It literally refers to treatment or therapy aided by a horse.

Hippotherapy is not new. It is mentioned in the ancient Greek writings of Hippocrates—Hence, the name.  Even though it is that old, the discipline was not developed until the 1960s, when it began to be used in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland as an adjunct to traditional physical therapy.

Now you know a new word – HIPPOTHERAPY!

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