The Effects of a Rhythm and Music-based Therapy Program and Therapeutic Riding in Late Recovery Phase Following Stroke


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Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- Aged 50 ̶ 75 years
- Disability grade 2 or 3 on MRS*)
- Being in the late-phase of stroke (1 − 5 years after an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke)
- Ability to understand written and oral information and instructions in Swedish
- Having an own housing
- Ability to travel to the place of intervention and evaluation
- No need for personal assistance in activities of daily living while participating in the treatment (going to the toilet, transport/transportation services for disabled, walking)

Exclusion Criteria

- Disability rated ˂ 2 or ˃ 3 on MRS*)
- Pronounced fear of horses or allergy constituting a risk for the patients to participate in the therapeutic riding
- Heart conditions that constitutes a risk for the individual to participate in the interventions
- Non-controlled epileptic seizures constituting a risk for the patients to participate in the intervention
- Lack of cognitive and/or verbal ability that makes it difficult for the individual to understand instructions and/or evaluation
- Total paralysis of the affected arm
- Injury or disease that makes the individual not suitable for the trial
- Weight ˃ 95 kg (in order to spare the horses)
- Having more than a half-time employment
- Injury, disease or addiction that make the individual not suitable for the trial
- Participation in RGRM or therapeutic riding during the year prior to inclusion
- Having an additional stroke within the past year (TIA is however accepted)
- Lack of willingness to participate in both treatment methods
- Living ˃ 80 km from Gothenburg
- Dependent on transportation services for disabled across the community border which is not allowed according to the regulation