REITTHERAPY

What is reittherapy?

Revolving therapy is a treatment method in which the principal healer is a horse. It includes solving problems in medical, psychological and social rehabilitation. Factors contributing to the beneficial effects of re-therapy are the rhythmic and 3D movements of the horse, the warmth of the horse body, the co-operation between the therapist, the assistants and the patient, as well as the place of development of medical treatment. Horses feel both how the human feels today and how the human touches him. Horses are amazingly well understood by the functions of their therapist and feel the needs of the sick human.

The environment in which the occupational treatment lesson takes place does not look like the medical treatment procedure. Patients do not face the uniform lessons that must be fulfilled. A horse, patient, credit therapist and 1 – 3 assistants participate in the lesson. The number of assistants varies according to the type of disease and the patient’s riding skills. Therapists don’t wear white coats so that children take reittherapy more than a game rather than a medical procedure. Reittherapy happens in a special environment. For safety, the patient has to wear a helmet during therapy. Horse has special equipment with handles so that patient can feel safe. There is a ramp in the lesson with which the patient can easily climb on the back of the horse. The duration of the lesson is up to 45 minutes. The duration of the lesson depends on the patient’s disease and functional condition as well as self-feeling in the specific lesson. The content of the lesson depends on the patient’s ability and the type of reittherapy applied. At first there is only walking, later, according to possible exercises for each patient’s rehabilitation plan. Treatment with horses has a positive effect on the somatic and psychic condition of the patient.

If the patient is a child or an adult unable to sit permanently, then therapist is sitting behind him on the back of the horse. If the patient is able to sit permanently, but on the top of the horse doesn’t sit stable, then the therapist leads the lesson with two assistants. If the patient has reached the level when he can be trained for race, then it may be considered as the end of rehabilitation and the beginning of the sports.

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