Impact of serial gait analyses on long-term outcome of hippotherapy in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy

Tomoko Mutoh, Tatsushi Muto, Hirokazu Tsubone, Makoto Takada, Misato Doumura, Masayo Ihara, Hideo Shimomura, Yasuyuki Taki, Masahiro Ihara

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to obtain data of gait parameters on predicting long-term outcome of hippotherapy. In 20 participants (4–19 years; GMFCS levels I to III) with cerebral palsy (CP), gait and balance abilities were examined after 10-m walking test using a portable motion recorder. Hippotherapy was associated with increased Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)-66 at 1 year from the baseline (P < 0.001). Hippotherapy increased stride length, walking speed, and mean acceleration and decreased horizontal/vertical displacement ratio over time (P < 0.05). Stride length and mean acceleration at 6 weeks predicted the elevation of GMFM-66 score. These data suggest that 1-year outcome of hippotherapy on motor and balance functions can be assessed from the early phase by serial monitoring of the gait parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1

Keywords

  • Animal-assisted therapy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Gait analysis
  • Hippotherapy
  • Outcome
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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