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Year: 2017 | Month: April | Volume: 7 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 416-421

Hippotherapy in Pain Management: Situation of Turkey

Kemal Yılmaz1*, Dilek Yılmaz2**, Gülşen Goncagül3**

1B.A. & Lecturer, 2Ph D & Lecturer, 3Ph D & Assistant Professor,
*Uludag University Mennan Pasinli Vocational Schools, Bursa, Turkey
**Uludag University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Bursa, Turkey

Corresponding Author: Dilek Yılmaz


Hippotherapy is also called ‘Horse-assisted therapy’ is a special physiotherapy method that is modified technical of riding a horse for specific therapeutic purposes which become very popular in recent years. Hippotherapy or horse-assisted therapy, pain and pain management keywords are used to scan there searches which are published until December 2016 by using Medline database. Hippotherapy is a tool which is used in therapeutic process by using horse-riding. It is believed hippotherapy improves neuromuscular coordination of riders through him pulses of walking horse which is carried to central nervous system. This situation provides patient’s transmission which contributes to cure postural control and balance and decrease spasticity. There are five situations which hippotherapy is useful to cure patients. They are namely spinal cord injuries, functional scoliosis, cerebral palsy, avoiding fall of olds, psychological in abilities. Although there are not a lot of proves, hippotherapy is advised as alternative treatment method for decreasing psychical back and neck pains. Utilization of hippotherapy is not enough for patients who have pain and other diseases in Turkey.

Key words: Disease, Hippotherapy, Horse-assisted therapy, Pain, Treatment.

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