Effects of horseriding on post-traumatic stress disorder

Can it help reduce the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is common in military veterans, and results from the traumatic events they witness during their service.

Social cognitive therapy is used as a therapy to treat PTSD. Research of new interventions to treat PTSD is scarse. In this study, a new way to help treat patients with PTSD was investigated: therapeutic horseback riding (THR).

After 6 weeks of THR-intervention the veterans had a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms.

The authors state that THR may not be a replacement of the conventional therapies to treat PTSD, but the results show that it could be a good complementary therapy.

> From: Johnson et al., Mil Med Red 5 (2018) 3 . All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

Want to read deeper into PTSD? You can find a lot of valuable information on the website of the National Center for PTSD.

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