Η θεραπευτική ιππασία στην Ελλάδα και οι επιδράσεις της σε άτομα με εγκεφαλική παράλυση
Therapeutic ridding in Greece and its effects in people with cerebral palsy
KeywordsΘεραπευτική ιππασία ; Αναπηρία ; Επιδράσεις ; Οφέλη ; Άλογο ; Therapeutic riding ; Disability ; Effects ; Benefits ; Horse
Introduction: The benefits of therapeutic riding are already observed since ancient times and today this technique is one of the most effective methods of therapeutic management of children with disabilities. Aim: To investigate the positive effects of therapeutic riding programs for children with disabilities, including children with learning difficulties, with pervasive developmental disorders, with orthopedic injuries, with neurological damage and the contraindications of these programs. Methodology: The literature review of journal articles and scientific books in several online databases and libraries under keywords searching. Results: The results of the literature review highlight the effectiveness and the positive effects of therapeutic riding programs for children with disabilities. Conclusions: The general attitude of parents and guardians with regard to therapeutic riding sessions and the results are not only positive but also hopeful. These positive results are consistent with the results of relevant studies and highlight the positive effects of therapeutic riding.