03. 09. 12. - 17:07
Climbing as a therapy
Climbing can have a healing effect on the body and mind of children according to experts at a clinic in Innsbruck, Austria.
In the Innsbruck Children's Clinic climbing is being used as a therapy for children with movement and development problems.
Five youngsters took part in an intensive therapy week this summer at the clinic.
Two physiotherapists and an occupational therapists spent a week with the children at a play park and at a climbing wall.
Therapist Judith Waldauf claims that the effect of the climbing has a positive effect on the child's health.
Waldauf works with children who were born prematurely and have as a result development problems form speech problems, coordination, concentration and rhetoric problems.
Seven-year-old Noah who had a heart transplant as a baby, had a stroke and was left partly paralysed uses climbing as a therapy. As a result the paralysis is not really noticeable any more.