For a long time physiotherapy and physical medicine have been an integral component of conservative and operative orthopedics, neurology and rehabilitation. It is only however in recent years, that these valuable methods have started to be applied in veterinary medicine.

Evidence based veterinary medicine – Motion analysis in diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation

Simi offers top motion analysis systems which deliver accurate results also in the field of veterinary medicine and have been used in veterinary research and practice for years now. Hence our systems are being utilized to gain illuminating insights on malposition, asymmetries or injuries and lameness of horses and dogs.

Horse Motion Analysis

Since the horse is not only popular pet but also livestock, there are more crucial factors to the biomechanics of a horse compared to a dog. Thus in addition to anatomic peculiarities and medical history the biomechanics of a horse depend also on the usage and exposure of the horse as well as riding style or shoeing.

Knowledge gathered by Simi software can give important influence on choice of shoeing beforehand or re-check hoof breakover and horse gait.

Having a horse also means that injury prevention is crucial. Detection of asymmetries and weaknesses can avoid lots of injuries.

Regarding riding sports this also can also help to optimize the sports performance and success. Of course also motion pattern during gallop races or show jumping can be thoroughly analyzed with Simi systems. All that is missing afterwards would be a comprehensive motion and technique analysis of the rider or jockey to clear away all possible interferences.

Markerless motion tracking

With Simi’s new technology you can now also work completely markerless. This is highly advantageous when working with animals since the fur was always likely to affect the affixing of markers. Most importantly you can now make sure that no marker fall off or even worse get swallowed by the animal. With Simi Shape there is no more need to work with markers – but it also offers the option to work in a hybrid form to get the best of both worlds. 

Movement analysis systems and methods have a wide range of application. Not only can they be employed in fields such as medicine, sport and industry, but they can also be distinguished by their extensive capabilities and integration for daily use. The graph shown below has been created to aid you in your decision as to which system would best suit your purpose.

Simi movement analysis - comparison of systems

The requirements of the user with regards to the complexity and precision of the data being examined is displayed on the horizontal axis. The vertical axis represents what is required of the user i.e. the amount of training needed to operate the system, the time which would need to be invested in both the collection and analysis of data and the price of the systems. 


In order to select the optimal system for your requirements, you should identify which factors are most important for your purpose, considering factors such as measurement precision, task complexity and how often the software would be used. The following examples should help you in your decision, but if you're unsure we’re happy to advise you about which product might be most suitable.


Scenario 1: If your priority is to examine complex tasks or problems, and the data has to be of high scientific worth, the appropriate system can be found at the very right of the horizontal axis. Your purposes require a comprehensive Motion 3D System, which appears high on the vertical axis, indicating a high budget, increased training needs for both users and analysts, and also a greater time demand. Simi Motion


Scenario 2: If you give precedence to the fast analysis of data and a straightforward operating system, the necessary system can be found at the bottom of the vertical axis. MotionTwin is offered at a lower cost, and requires the least amount of training and analysis time. It is unable to offer an objective, quantitative measure, but it does allow the simultaneous comparison of videos. Simi MotionTwin


Scenario 3: Aktisys and simpler configurations of SimiMotion 2D/3D offer a compromise between the two software packages described previously. They can be integrated into every day use with ease, but also record objective measures of data, allowing direct feedback to both therapists and patients. Very little training is required for operation, and the data produced is reliable. Simi Aktisys

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