Over the years, therapy has become a major factor in helping to cure diseases both mentally and physically. Today, a therapy used for both adults and children with Cerebral Palsy and Scoliosis is Hippotherapy. Hippotherapy is the use of a horse to fix the sensory motors and the structure of the spine. This therapy was first introduced back in the B.C era, but because of the lack of technology the research of the therapy was placed on hold until 1875 when Dr. Chassaign started looking into activities that can help improve things such as posture, balance, and joint movement. Hippotherapy helps improve the sensory motors and spine structure.
One type of shoeing may work for one horse but the next horse it may not work for so communication is very important when trying to get a method of shoeing that will work for your horse’s case of laminitis. An example of a way to shoe a horse with a moderate degree of rotation would be to trim the toe back and trim the heel. Also a frog support may be used. Use deep bedding in the stall for extra support and cushion for the sole of the hoof. Horses that get laminitis and recover are going to have a higher risk of developing it again.
“Any kind of relaxing, calming music can contribute to calmer moods. Calming music can be combined with cognitive therapy to lower anxiety even more effectively than conventional therapy alone” (“Music and Mood”). Music therapy helps people relax. “Music has proven useful in helping patients with serious medical illnesses such as cancer, burns, and multiple sclerosis who are also depressed. If it can help in these situations, it may be able to help you and your loved ones experience more positive moods.
Because people with these back problems also experience chronic pain, it helps reduce that pain, often to bearable levels. Just remember that the relief and benefits of inversion therapy are short-term, meaning you will use it virtually every day or a few times a week to maintain the benefits. Who shouldn’t use inversion therapy? Just like any medical treatment (conventional or alternative), inversion therapy isn’t for everyone. People with preexisting conditions like hypertension (high blood pressure), inner ear problems, retinal detachment, heart problems, osteoporosis, fracture, hernia, and other medical conditions that can be worsened by the treatment.
Music therapy for pain management at home can help the patient prevent being hospitalized again. It also allows the patient to spend less time away from home and school, gives the patient less opportunity to develop a dependency on narcotics, and allows the patient to have a form of control over what they experience due to their disease. It is important that children are taught how to manage their disease and the pain that comes with it while they are at a young age so that they can have positive outcomes. The article shows the importance of musical therapy as a health resource in the management of patient’s health. My understanding is that music therapy can help improve upon medical treatments.
(Elliot, 2011) Music is a low-cost intervention that often reduces surgical, procedural, acute, and chronic pain. Music also improves the quality of life for patients receiving palliative care, enhancing a sense of comfort and relaxation. Providing music to caregivers may be a cost-effective and enjoyable strategy to improve empathy, compassion, and relationship-centered care while not increasing errors or interfering with technical aspects of care. (Kemper, 2005). This is why many physicians will listen to music while performing a procedure.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I was surprised by a call from an acquaintance that took horseback riding lessons with me a few years ago. She was looking for volunteers to assist at the Children’s Rehab Center. I accepted her offer, thinking of how much fun it would be to be around horses once again. My volunteer work with disabled children, horses and physical therapists helped me learn to be more patient with myself and others. What began as an opportunity to complete my service hours, ended as a gift to myself from a very special person.
This is a common finding in older horses4, and the most common acquired valve lesion7, usually of little clinical significance. Another differential for the clinical signs shown is pulmonic regurgitation/pulmonic insufficiency. This is rare in horses, and these murmurs are usually very soft- often not detectable. The point of maximal intensity of pulmonic insufficiency murmurs is usually in the pulmonic valve area. Pulmonic insufficiency is usually secondary to cardiac heart failure, so carries a grave prognosis.
There is scientific evidence that shows that listening to soothing classical music is effective in eliminating pain. This is a break-through treatment for achieving control over pain in patients. Test results show that the neurons in the amygdala and hypothalamus slow down their action potential while the patient is listening to relaxing music. In decreasing the sympathetic nervous system the parasympathetic takes over to decrease heart rate, respiration, and muscle tension. This calming effect on the immune system allows the body to relax, thereby allowing the medical staff to focus on medical intervention (Stuckey).
Music therapy can be a way for these patients to release stress and anger that they otherwise may take out on their caregivers. Additionally, “sound and music have also been shown to achieve clear effects on vital parameters like blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and heart rate variability” (Raglio,Filippi, Bellandi, & Stramba-Badiale, 2014). Just like an upbeat song can increase blood pressure and increase the heart rate, a calm song and decrease blood pressure and decrease the heart rate. The examples given are just a short list of what music has to offer when it comes to those with dementia it also has the ability to meet social, psychological, and cognitive goals, as