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Wrexham hippotherapy conference is a first for Wales

9 July 2014 - 3:58pm

Delegates at what was billed as the first conference on hippotherapy to be held in Wales heard how this branch of physiotherapy can help people with a range of conditions.

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Hippotherapy can reproduce the muscle, hip and spine movements of walking in children and adults with neurological conditions and physical and learning disbilities. Photo: Fox eMedia

Philippa Ford, CSP policy officer for Wales, opened the event by speaking about the society’s Physiotherapy Works programme.

She said: ‘I was very impressed by what I learned at the conference. The special relationship between the patients and the horse was very clear to see.’

The event took place on 26 June in Wrexham. It was organised by physiotherapist Lynne Munro and Victoria Everall, a trustee of the Clwyd Special Riding Centre.

Ms Munro, who runs the hippotherapy service at the centre, said the conference attracted 93 attendees who came from across the UK, and as far away as Norway and Italy.

‘A large proportion of them were physiotherapists who are involved in hippotherapy and therapeutic riding, but also physios locally who are in musculoskeletal and other areas of physiotherapy,’ said Ms Munro. ‘And there were members from local Riding for the Disabled Association groups.’

The conference heard from practitioners and patients about how hippotherapy can reproduce the muscle, hip and spine movements of walking.

Many of the children and adults who benefit from hippotherapy have neurological conditions, physical conditions or learning disabilities.

  • Hippotherapy is physiotherapy treatment using the movements of a horse to achieve the desired responses in a client

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