What Is Therapeutic Riding? By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

Therapeutic riding is supervised horseback riding that is designed to help children and adults with disabilities. The therapy includes all aspects of taking care of and riding a horse, from grooming and equipping the horse to the actual act of riding. Certified instructors tailor the therapy to each person to improve certain skills, whether they are physical, emotional, or cognitive. For instance, learning to ride a horse not only teaches participants the skills required for riding, strengthening them physically, but can also help them learn responsibility, compassion, and confidence through caring for the horse and learning a new skill. The benefits may help participants with emotional and cognitive issues so that they can later apply this knowledge to other situations in their lives.

About the author: Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio is a doctor of otolaryngology at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Cleland-Zamudio is the President and CEO of the Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization that offers therapeutic riding to people with disabilities in the local community.

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Diagnosing Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

In order to diagnose diseases and disorders affecting the head and the neck, otolaryngologists employ various procedures depending on the patient’s symptoms. To ease the process of diagnosis, the patient should be ready to answer questions the doctor may ask, such as the nature of the symptoms, when they started, and the personal or family ear, nose, and throat disorder history. Once the doctor has collected this information, she will perform a diagnostic procedure.

-If an ear infection is suspected, the doctor will use an otoscope to observe the inner ear canal. If bacteria are found, the doctor will most likely prescribe an antibiotic.

-In cases of suspected sinus infections, the doctor will use an endoscope to look through the nose into the sinus cavity and check for inflammation or unusual discharge.

Sleep apnea, or frequent cessation of breathing during sleep, may be difficult to diagnose because it requires a sleep study. The doctor will look for peripheral evidence by asking questions related to sleep and snoring as well as observing if the tonsils or uvula have become inflamed.

About Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio: Based in Portland, Oregon, otolaryngologist Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio, MD, currently practices at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.

An Overview of Hippotherapy

An Overview of Hippotherapy
By Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio

When executed in a nurturing, safe, and professional environment, hippotherapy, a treatment strategy that involves riding horses to improve a patient’s overall condition, helps in treating neurological and sensory conditions in impaired individuals. Unlike therapeutic riding, during which riders are taught specific skills, hippotherapy centers on the horse’s dynamic movements, which mimic the gait of humans, as a means of therapy.

Effective in adults and children, hippotherapy offers benefits that few can deny. Hippotherapy has been shown to improve muscle tone, strength, coordination, and balance response, among other issues. Furthermore, it can aid in the treatment of a broad range of conditions, including autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and even stroke and Alzheimer’s.

About the Author:
Dr. Suzanne Cleland-Zamudio founded Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center in 2008 to help impaired children and adults through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. She also serves as a board-certified Doctor of Otolaryngology at Portland Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists.