Debbie J Silkwood-Sherer

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PURPOSE The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the effectiveness of hippotherapy as an intervention for the treatment of postural instability in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS). SUBJECTS A sample of convenience of 15 individuals with MS (24-72 years) were recruited from support groups and assessed for balance deficits. METHODS This(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical observations have suggested that hippotherapy may be an effective strategy for habilitating balance deficits in children with movement disorders. However, there is limited research to support this notion. OBJECTIVE The purposes of this study were to assess the effectiveness of hippotherapy for the management of postural instability in(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Gripping a mobile (unfixed) object increases standing postural stability in healthy individuals. We tested whether the same strategy is effective for stabilizing upright posture perturbed by a moving environment (virtual perturbation) in participants with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS Fifteen participants with(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the immediate effects of 10 minutes of hippotherapy, compared with 10 minutes of barrel-sitting, on symmetry of adductor muscle activity during walking in children with cerebral palsy (CP) (phase I). To investigate the long-term effects of 12 weeks of hippotherapy on adductor activity, gross motor function, and self-concept (phase(More)
OBJECTIVE This case-series study aimed to determine if there were observable changes in sensory processing for postural control in individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) following physical therapy using hippotherapy (HPOT), or changes in balance and functional gait. DESIGN This pre-test non-randomized design study, with follow-up assessment at 6 weeks,(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this case report was to describe changes in body functions and structures, activities, and participation after a biweekly 10-week program of home physical therapy and hippotherapy using a weighted compressor belt. PARTICIPANT A 13-year-old boy with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, Gross Motor Function Classification System level II,(More)
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