Testimonials - Equestrian Balancing Therapy
William - 3 year old boy who has cerebral palsy
Cerebral palsy, quadriplegic spastic, legs affected severely medially, showing a tendency to cross legs due to shortening of tendons and muscles on the inside of the legs, the foot lacks any flexion at the ankle, but has been improved recently by the use of plaster casts (now removed). He has no strength in his core muscles, which need to be developed to enable him to stand independently. William’s hands are affected but he is able to manipulate them reasonably well. Possibly because he can not yet walk, and his abdomen is cramped a lot of the time, his bowels do not work properly and he has to have constipation medicine daily. He has been on laxatives every day of his life. He is hyperactive, and rarely sleeps more than 5 hours. William is a very bright intelligent and cooperative child.
After William's first session of Zero Balancing at his home, he responded very well and he went to sleep straight after the session, stretched out on his back for the first time, even sleeping with his arms above his head. He has not needed a laxative since that first session.
His sleeping improved, dramatically.
I felt that I would achieve more for William with Equestrian Balancing Therapy (EBT), which I started on the 29.6.09. He has had EBT on more or less a weekly basis since this first session. The EBT has made a big difference to William, and he has shown a steady improvement in the softening of the spasticity in his body, particularly in his legs.
12/11 email received from William's mother
Just thought I d give you a quick update on William. He had his legs plastered today from the knee down. Anne, the physio, manipulated William's legs into right angled position very easily. She commented on the remarkable difference, softness, in Williams legs compared to the two weeks previous. So much so that she didn't really think the plastering of Wills legs was as urgent, if completely necessary at all!
I just thought it illustrated how your work has made a difference. The horse riding in itself is great exercise for William but the Equestrian Balancing Therapy work you do is fantastic. Best of all it doesn't become a practice or chore for Will so more seems to be achieved. Just wanted to re-affirm my thanks for your hard work and patience.
William at the start of his session, notice his crookedness and how much straighter he is after the EBT.
William enjoying his EBT - 06/06
27/6 - EBT treatment (now aged 4 years old)
William sits on the pony without a saddle, to help to promote improved core stability. For the first time today William was able to sit in the walk, without being held, and was able to regain his balance, when ever he slipped, using his core muscles.
He loves riding, and does not mind the little pressures and stretches applied as he rides.
07/07 - EBT
For the first time William was able to sustain his balance for a few minutes with no support at all from his helpers, in walk.
18/07 - EBT
William rode unaided bareback, for around 20 minutes, in walk. He loved his freedom and independence. He was able to adjust his balance and stayed straight on the horse, looking secure, and chatting happily.
(His helpers were close beside him just in case, but were not needed)