Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Adaptive Equipment for Trunk Support

Karter's mom does a great job explaining how riding a horse helps her son. Check out:

He rides at Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities

I am impressed with the size of the brace used to provide trunk support. I have used two boppy pillows, one on top of the other, but this brace is attached to him and the staff don't have to be concerned about pillows shifting or falling off.
Riding will surely help this little guy improve his neck control and strengthen his shoulders, arms and trunk. He looks happy to have found his sport.
Check out her blog for riding updates, photos and videos.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, author of The Recycling Occupational Therapist

1 comment:

  1. I am always concerned about braces used during hippotherapy and the possibility of micro-trauma to the spine above and/or below the brace. I am more supportive of alternative positioning for children with poor trunk control if they are appropriate for treatment that utilizes equine movement.