What is it about?

there is a lack of research into the impact of hippotherapy on pulmonary function and functional performance in adolescents with mild scoliosis. Therefore, this study investigated the additional effects of 10 weeks of equine therapy in combination with Schroth exercises on pulmonary function and aerobic capacity in AIS.

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Previous research has focused on the impact of equine therapy on physical performance and mobility in children with cerebral palsy (CP), autism spectrum disorder, and in adults with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.


This study showed that the addition of equine therapy to Schroth exercises improved lung function and aerobic capacity in adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis more than Schroth exercises alone. Therefore, in a clinical setting, the addition of equine-assisted therapy to conventional physical therapy programmes for individuals with AIS is recommended.

Prof. Dr. Amr Almaz Abdel-aziem
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University

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This page is a summary of: Pulmonary Function and Aerobic Capacity Responses to Equine Assisted Therapy in Adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, June 2022, Acta Dermato-Venereologica,
DOI: 10.2340/jrm.v54.1085.
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