Breath and Function Meet the Horse

Breath and Function Meet the Horse

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Breath and Function Meet the Horse: Breathing is Living (Intermediate)

This session will begin with an overview of the fundamental characteristics of breathing and hippotherapy and how they are a natural link. We will analyze the breathing process from rib cage development to breathing patterns and relate how hippotherapy can influence this process, including timing, pressure and three-dimensional movement. Participants will be able to return to their clinics and assess their client’s respiratory needs, patterns and limitations and create a treatment plan utilizing hippotherapy to address these clinical findings.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1. Attendees will be able to identify elements of breathing and equine movement that reinforce the concept of this natural pairing.
2. Attendees will analyze the breathing process from rib cage development to breathing patterns and recognize the opportunities for hippotherapy to influence this process.
3. Attendees will be able to return to the clinic and assess their client’s respiratory needs, patterns and limitations and create a treatment plan utilizing hippotherapy to address these clinical findings.

PRESENTER: Susie Rehr, PT, HPCS has providedphysical therapy services to the pediatric population integrating hippotherapy treatment principles for the past 18 years at Special Strides, Inc. Quality care, clinical education, educational presentations, published writing, and national involvement in professional organizations are hallmarks of her career. Susie has trained over 20 clinical education students from physical therapy programs, predominately in the northeast. She has contributed 3 presentations to the 3rd and 4th AHA, Inc. conferences, covering issues such as documentation, clinical education, and insurance reimbursement. Susie is the executive editor of Hippotherapy Magazine, for which she has written 6 feature articles on topics ranging from documentation to program enhancements. As the Vice- President and Treasurer of AHA, Inc. ensuring the present and future use of hippotherapy in the treatment plans of physical therapists is her professional priority.