mensch & pferd international
Zeitschrift für Förderung und Therapie mit dem Pferd
Herausgeber: Beetz, Andrea / Debuse, Dorothée / Isenbügel, Ewald / Riedel, Meike / Struck, Henrike / Welsche, Mone
1. Auflage Heft 3, 2010.
€ [D] 23,00 / € [A] 23,00
English article: Hippotherapy and Parkinson’s Disease
A Pilot Study
Summary: Goal of this pilot study was to monitor the effects of Hippotherapy on motor skills and general well-being of patients with Parkinson’s disease, as well as to investigate whether improvements in speech parameters can be found. Changes were documented with a variety of scales and scores (e. g. motor skills: Tinetti test; faculty of speech: analysis of different voice parameters; cognition and quality of life: Parkinson scales). This pilot study suggests that Hippotherapy leads to improved motor skills and quality of life, but a significant change in speech parameters could not be found.
Keywords: Hippotherapy, Parkinson’s disease, motor skills, quality of life, speech
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