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Riding physiotherapy as a treatment option

Equestrian therapy is riding for the physically and mentally disabled with a doctor's request. At EKT the teaching is given by mensendieck / physiotherapist and riding instructor Sissel Thorson Falch and physiotherapist and riding instructor assistant Maria Kjendlie Selvaag. EKT has continuously offered therapy education since 1967 (v / Sissel T. Falch) and has a large selection of ponies and horses that can be adapted to the rider's age, skill and disability.

Unique offer on EKT

Sissel Thorson Falch started with therapy riding at EKT Riding School in 1967 and has worked on this without interruption until today. The number of students with disabilities has varied from 45 to 90 per year. week.

Here you see Sissel T. Falch working with Krister (born this year 2000) on the pony Stine. One of the lessons started riding with a sleeping child. But Krister wakes up and takes great pleasure in the riding. Christian cannot comply with sitting alone and must have two helpers. One who rents the horse and one who supports. He started riding the autumn 2003 and has fast, with an hour per hour. week, shown progress. The muscle tone is very poor. After approx. 20 times you could see the muscle tone improving around the columna. Krister shows joy when he feels a little balanced, with good support around the pelvis and front of the chest.

The acclaimed Bødker method

The method taught is the same as world pioneer Elsebet Bødtker got approved by the National Insurance Administration in 1965. It is the horse that is the therapist. Sissel Thorson Falch is one of Norway's most experienced instructors in therapy riding in both the number of years and the number of students.

Professional book and film about equestrian physiotherapy

The book "Therapy riding - The horse the four-legged physiotherapist" was published on Tun Publishing, followed by the movie of the same name.

What is equine physiotherapy?

Riding physiotherapy, or therapy riding, is riding for the physically and mentally disabled and permanently disabled with a doctor's request. The teaching takes place with the instruction of a physical therapist with riding training. Patients ride on a fixed hour, a course, once a week, divided by about 30 hours per week. year.

Who is suitable for the treatment?

Most people with disabilities have the benefit and enjoyment of riding. First and foremost, balance and body strength are prepared. The horse's warmth and movements stimulate the nervous system so that muscles with impaired function can be activated again. But riding also gives students the joy of mastering something new and exciting. Finally, this can result in qualified riding in competition with others at a high level. It brings a degree of self-esteem to people with disabilities that few other therapies can provide.

physician Referral

Referral from a physician is required. It is important that the referral follows the semester offer at EKT and is based on the number of treatment hours approved by NAV.

"Patients should learn to ride like other healthy" Sissel Thorson Falch

Mensendieck physiotherapist and riding instructor, EKT Riding School and Animal Park

Most people with disabilities have the benefit and enjoyment of riding. First and foremost, balance and body strength are prepared. The horse's warmth and movements stimulate the nervous system so that muscles with impaired function can be activated again. But riding also gives students the joy of mastering something new and exciting. Finally, this can result in qualified riding in competition with others at a high level. It brings a degree of self-esteem to people with disabilities that few other therapies can provide.

Catherine (cerebral palsy)

Catherine rides fast once a week. She has cerebral palsy and the horse gives her balance and muscular training. This is of great benefit to her general development. It is the horse that is the physiotherapist. With its three-dimensional movements, it provides stimuli to the student's nervous system. With good helpers and experienced horses, this student manages to trot over barriers without much support.