MiraColt Horse Simulator for Developmental Conditions
Equine-assisted therapy can change people’s lives—especially those with developmental conditions. That’s why there are hundreds of equine therapy centers across the United States. But for those who cannot access a horse don’t have to be left out of the incredible benefits.
The MiraColt horse simulator for developmental conditions makes this essential therapy accessible to countless individuals who would not have been able to access it otherwise. Here are just a few conditions that benefit from sessions with our hippotherapy machines.
Some estimate that at least 1 in every 44 children has an autism spectrum disorder. While every child on the spectrum may have a vastly different set of traits, equine therapy for autism can help with many of them. For instance, equine therapy may help with motor control, rhythm, spatial orientation, and increased attention span.
Some of the biggest challenges for children with down syndrome are related to their musculoskeletal system. Down syndrome can cause weak muscles, loose joints, and hip instability, leading to impaired mobility. Training with hippotherapy can help improve muscle tone and flexibility for better mobility.
Cerebral palsy is one of the more common disabilities impacting children’s mobility. It is a condition that may cause uncontrollable movements, poor coordination, stiff muscles, and seizures. Spending time using one of our devices may help improve the strength in these areas as well as indirectly related areas, like speech and learning.
But children aren’t the only ones who benefit from the MiraColt horse simulator for developmental conditions. Adults living with Parkinson’s disease may also benefit from it. Parkinson’s disease targets the nervous system, impacting mobility and stability. Spending time using our machine may help restore some muscle strength, which will help improve movement and balance.
Stroke and Parkinson’s disease are two different conditions with similar symptoms, including physical weakness and cognitive impairment. As such, equine-assisted therapy can offer similar benefits to those recovering from a stroke. Additionally, hippotherapy may help with the asymmetrical muscle weakness unique to stroke patients.
Multiple sclerosis is a condition that targets the nervous system, causing a range of symptoms, such as numbness in the legs and torso, unsteady gait, and pain with movement. Equine therapy is known to help improve the quality of life for MS patients by improving balance and motor control.