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Effects of Hippotherapy on Gross Motor Function and Functional Performance of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Authors
 Eun Sook Park  ;  Dong-Wook Rha  ;  Jung Soon Shin  ;  Soohyeon Kim  ;  Soojin Jung 
Citation
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.55(6) : 1736-1742, 2014 
Journal Title
YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL
ISSN
 0513-5796 
Issue Date
2014
MeSH
Activities of Daily Living ; Cerebral Palsy/physiopathology ; Cerebral Palsy/rehabilitation* ; Cerebral Palsy/therapy* ; Child ; Child, Preschool ; Disability Evaluation ; Equine-Assisted Therapy* ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Motor Skills* ; Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care) ; Physical Therapy Modalities* ; Recovery of Function
Keywords
Cerebral palsy ; disability evaluation ; function ; hippotherapy ; physical activity ; spastic
Abstract
PURPOSE:
The purpose of our study was to investigate the effects of hippotherapy on gross motor function and functional performance in children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP).
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
We recruited 34 children (M:F=15:19, age: 3-12 years) with spastic CP who underwent hippotherapy for 45 minutes twice a week for 8 weeks. Twenty-one children with spastic CP were recruited for control group. The distribution of gross motor function classification system level and mean age were not significantly different between the two groups. Outcome measures, including the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)-66, GMFM-88 and the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory: Functional Skills Scale (PEDI-FSS), were assessed before therapy and after the 8-weeks intervention as outcome measures.
RESULTS:
There were no significant differences between intervention and control groups in mean baseline total scores of GMFM-66, GMFM-88 or PEDI-FSS. After the 8-weeks intervention, mean GMFM-66 and GMFM-88 scores were significantly improved in both groups. However, the hippotherapy group had significantly greater improvement in dimension E and GMFM-66 total score than the control group. The total PEDI-FSS score and the sub-scores of its 3 domains were significantly improved in the hippotherapy group, but not in the control group.
CONCLUSION:
The results of our study demonstrate the beneficial effects of hippotherapy on gross motor function and functional performance in children with CP compared to control group. The significant improvement in PEDI-FSS scores suggests that hippotherapy may be useful to maximize the functional performance of children with CP.
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DOI
10.3349/ymj.2014.55.6.1736
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine (재활의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Rha, Dong Wook(나동욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7153-4937
Park, Eun Sook(박은숙) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9144-3063
Jung, Soo Jin(정수진)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/100322
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