Increase suppleness and flexibility

Enhance postural awareness

Improve core stability

Promote healing

Enhance athletic performance

Welcome to Chiltern Vet Physio run by Dr Tracy Crook…

Chartered Physiotherapist, Veterinary Physiotherapist & Advanced Equipilates Biomechanics Trainer

Tracy is based in Holmer Green, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Physiotherapy, rehabilitation,remedial exercise and Equipilates is provided for clients and their animals across the Greater London Area, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Areas frequently visited include High Wycombe, Amersham, the Chalfonts, Watford, Wendover, Slough, Milton Keynes, Luton and London. Tracy is also available to travel further afield and regularly visits yards in Warwickshire & Surrey.

Tracy prefers to see Small Animals in their own environment but can see clients dogs and cats at a Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in Hazlemere, near High Wycombe. As an ACPAT Cat A Physiotherapist Tracy is recognised by all Major Veterinary Insurance Companies and Veterinarians

Human physiotherapy and individual Pilates sessions are provided in the Holmer Green Clinic and on a home visit basis. Group Pilates classes are currently run at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre (Wendover), Widmer Equestrian Centre (Lacey Green), Woodrow High House Sports Centre (Nr Shardeloes Equestrian Centre- Amersham).

See the Pilates page for full details.

Tracy also provides “Rider Analysis & Pilates Clinics” with Rob Waine Dressage and through British Dressage with Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics . She is also able to provide one to one/clinic Mounted & Dismounted Equipilates sessions (using Spikey & Franklin Balls to aid the riders postural awareness).

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5 days ago

Chiltern Vet Physio
Worth reposting!Evolutionary Adaptions of the Horses Musculoskeletal System for SpeedThe horse can gallop at speeds of up to 45Km/hour. As a flight animal only the fastest horses survived over time probably the ones with longer legs that could outrun the predators. Here we explore the evolutionary changes that allow it to move so quickly.1. The horses' scapula is only attached to the body by muscle- the horse has lost its collar bone this allows a greater freedom of movement of the scapular on the chest wall2. It has long legs-which allow it to take large strides achieved by the following:A)The horse is said to be digitigrade- it stands on its tip toe literally -this makes its legs longer to enable it to take large strides. Since speed = stride length X's stride frequencyB) The bones of the metacarpus/tarsus and phalanges have become elongatedC) The horse has lost its 1st and 5th metacarpal/tarsal bone and phalanges. The 2nd and 4th metacarpal have become smaller and are infact the splint bones.3) It has further lightened the weight of its legs allowing it to move them forward and backwards more easily achieved by the followingA)The ulnar bone has shortened considerably and has fused with the radiusB) It has minimal muscle below the level of the carpus/hock instead the muscles have been replaced by strong spring like tendons that act like springs storing and returning elastic strain energy with each stepC) Its joints mainly move forward and backwards in a saggittal plane which negates the need for muscles to move the limb away or towards the body. Less muscle/less weight4) It has a passive stay mechanism in its hind limb which means that the horse can conserve energy locking its patella over the stifle when resting - eliminating the need for expensive muscle work.5) Spring like legs as already mentioned. There is minimal muscle below the carpus/tarsus the supericial and deep digital flexor muscles store and return energy, in addittion the horses biceps tendon merges with the lacertus fibrosis a fibrous tissue which gets stretched as the horses forelimb extends/ moves backwards under the body as the toe lifts this structure cataputs the limb forward again reducing the need for active muscle contraction6) The majority of the large muscles that move the legs forwards and backwards are centred around the joints at the top of the legs lowering the moment of inertia making it easier to swing the legs forewards and backwardsIf you want to find out more come to the talk at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre on 19th June at 730pm- see upcoming events ... See MoreSee Less
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