EFFECTS OF NON MECHANICAL HORSE BACK RIDING ON BALANCE IN SPASTIC CEREBRAL PALSY CHILDREN: A RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRAIL
Objective: To compare the effectiveness of non-mechanical horseback riding with conventional therapy on dynamic balance within spastic CP children. Material & Methods: In single blinded randomized study, 30 spastic CP children were included through non-probability convenience sampling technique and randomly allocated into conventional physical therapy (CPT) group and non-mechanical horseback riding (NMHBR) group through lottery method. The data was collected at baseline and post 06 months through the General demographic questionnaire and Pediatric Balance Scale. CPT group was treated with Stretching of the tight muscle, positioning, abdominal co activation, rolling and NMHBR group was additionally treated with 30 minutes horseback riding. Results: The mean age was 8.36 ±2.15, BMI 14.5±0.75 and balance was11.6±8.54 in CPT group. For NMHBR group mean age was 8.33±2.46, BMI was 15.1±0.84, and balance was 16.5±8.55. Post treatment Balance improved in both groups as shown by p-value<0.05. In groups comparison, balance level showed significant improvement in NMHBR Group as p-value<0.05. Conclusion: It was concluded that conventional therapy and non-mechanical horseback riding both can improve balance of CP children but NMHBR is more effective than CPT.
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