Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Hippotherapy

Address:

Office of Admissions and Orientation

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

United States

Phone:

1-269-387-7260

Fax:

1-269-387-2096

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Hippotherapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Students receive training in the use of the horse as a therapeutic modality in the treatment of individuals with handicapping conditions. Hippotherapy is a valuable therapeutic modality for a physical or occupational therapist working with patients having such movement dysfunction as cerebral palsy, cerebral vascular accidents(strokes), multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and spinal curvatures. Desired treatment outcomes of hippotherapy are improved vestibular reactions, increased sensory integration and normalization of muscle tone,coordinated movement, improved vertical head-to-toe neurological connections, and midline control.Improvements in postural control and trunk equilibrium reactions can be achieved more easily and more often on the horse than in the clinic.

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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