How can biomechanical analysis benefit my animal?
Pinpoint lameness and injury
Biomechanical analysis using high speed video data allows us to compare limb joints, stride patterns and movement in both horses and dogs to accurately inform where an inconsistency may be happening. This can assist veterinary diagnosis by detecting abnormal movement patterns and joint irregularities, providing quantative data to improve diagnosis and treatment. It is important to understand that we do not diagnose lamenesses or any injury, we simply provide an analysis of the data based on our years of experience in both biomechanics and physiotherapy.
In the same way that it is difficult to identify the underlying cause of lameness, it is also difficult to measure physiotherapy or surgery outcomes. Objective analysis allows data to be compared over a period of time, to measure an animals progress and identify any ongoing areas of concern. We regularly liase with veterinarians, physiotherapists and other animal professionals to examine how a particular treatment or intervention is progressing.
Top performance can be a matter of small improvements, some of which are so slight that they may not even be visible to the naked eye. Our data allows us to analyse many aspects of your animals movement at any gait.
An asymmetric rider (and most are) will have an asymmetric horse, which not only affects performance but also functionality and wellbeing.
Horses and dogs do not move symmetrically, which is why subjective, visual analysis is often confusing and contradictory. Obtaining a baseline measure when your animal is sound allows you to understand what is considered normal for your animal, so that comparisons can be made over time to identify potential issues or improvements.