Hippotherapy techniques (3) – choosing therapy positions (B)

Hippotherapy_Caballinus (4)The backward sitting position

The backward sitting position draws on the aim to seat the client on the ischial tuberosity, adopting a neutral pelvis position, centred shoulder and hip joints and support provided by the palms facing the rear of the horse. This position requires precision from the therapist, but makes it possible to reduce pathological movement patterns. The position is chosen for clients who do not yet sit of their own or is targeted at the functional connection of shoulder and hip girdles by activating the trunk muscles.

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Backward sitting position (drawing T. Liznová, photograph from the Svítání archive)

Key: the drawing shows an overall perspective of the chosen position with regard to the body of the horse, while the photographs show the details of the position.


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