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Equine Assisted Physiotherapy

Equine Assisted Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy & HORSES

 

WHAT IS HIPPOTHERAPY?

Hippotherapy, a relatively rare form of physiotherapy which is aided by a horse, and used in Australia to treat people with disability. Hippotherapy uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. 

It can help with everything from postural control, balance, coordination, and endurance, to range of motion, attention, and strength. But it’s not just about the physical benefits - it also has incredible mental health and social benefits too.
Unmounted TherapyMounted Therapy
 

benefits

Our therapist assesses and continuously monitors clients with disability, and their responses to movement inputs provided by the horse. A variety of positions and exercises can be prescribed during treatment to reach individualised goals.
 

The Miracolt

The Miracolt is an innovative new tool helping people with disability experience the benefits of equine therapy.

The Miracolt, developed by Dr. Graham Garner and Chariot Innovations, is a horse simulator that is used as a therapy tool. Drawing on the same principles used in Hippotherapy, the Miracolt mirrors equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to promote functional outcomes.   

HELP's McIntyre Centre, acquired this innovative new technology in 2021, and the treatment has already delivered promising results. 

The Miracolt gives people with disability who cannot participate in therapy with real horses (due to safety concerns or physical ability) a safe and “true to life” alternative. It has all the benefits of equine therapy but in a controlled environment.

Watch this short video to see our Physiotherapist Sally O'Brien explain the Miracolt and its benefits.  




meet the facilitator

Sally O'Brien
Physiotherapist and RDA Level 1 Qualified Coach

Treatments are delivered by Physiotherapist, Sally O’Brien, who is trained in utilising Hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. Clients are also supported by a horse handler, side-walker support persons and of course, a horse.

Sally O'Brien
Physiotherapist and RDA Level 1 Qualified Coach

Treatments are delivered by Physiotherapist, Sally O’Brien, who is trained in utilising Hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. Clients are also supported by a horse handler, side-walker support persons and of course, a horse.

Parent's tell me what a joy it is to bring their child to therapy. It is very rewarding to see my clients working toward therapy goals with such engagement and enthusiasm

EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH

The American Hippotherapy Association leads the way in resources, training, research, and continuing education for therapists who incorporate horses, horse movement, and the equine environment into treatment. Please click here to access a list of published research on Hippotherapy.

 

COST (NDIS FUNDING)

Hippotherapy can be supported through a participant’s NDIS plan under ‘Capacity Building – Improved Daily Living’. Please contact us for more information on pricing and using your NDIS package.
 

HOW TO ENROL

If you are interested in participating in our Equine Assisted Physiotherapy (Hippotherapy) program at McIntyre Centre, please phone 07 3868 1765 or email us at ndisenquiries@helpenterprises.com.au to find out more.

Once you have registered your interest, we will send through further information and contact you to confirm eligibility.

Location & Bookings:
We're open Mon-Fri ( 8am-4pm).

2963 Moggill Rd, Pinjarra Hills. 
Call 07 3868 1765, or email ndisenquiries@helpenterprises.com.au

Location & Bookings:
We're open Mon-Fri ( 8am-4pm).

2963 Moggill Rd, Pinjarra Hills.
Call 07 3868 1765, or email ndisenquiries@helpenterprises.com.au