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Practical Sanomechanics®: Exercising for a Healthy Skeleton
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Authors: Mark Pitkin, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Research Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) 
Book Description:
The author has developed a new approach to exercising that is grounded in his theory of the floating skeleton. The theory postulates that all of our synovial joints are hydraulically connected, and that this connection protects our joints from being overloaded. Once the connection breaks due to inflammation, or other reasons, the joints are stripped of the protective hydraulic net and a chain of pathological events is apparent. Restoring the hydraulic connection between the joints is the aim of the new system of exercises called “sanomechanics,” from the Latin sanus (healthy). This book will give step-by-step instructions for sanomechanical exercising, focusing on the most problematic zones like the neck, spine, lower back, feet, wrists, knees, hips, and elbows. The book is stripped of formulas and technical details and written as an instruction manual for everyday practice. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)


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Sanomechanics is a new approach for improving the health of a person's joints by understanding the biomechanical consequences of a person's actions and utilizing the theory of the floating skeleton. The floating skeleton says that there is a hydraulic connection of synovial joints illuminating the ability of the human skeleton to absorb and transform forces and moments from body segments and the environment. It also is a way to judge the level of success of any exercise and a strategy for protecting and improving natural mobility of body segments. There are therapeutic procedures such as yoga, tai chi, massage and stretching that can help pathological problems. Exercises can be practiced anywhere like while standing, resting, or working - Reviewed by Michael Shields

"This impressive book makes very interesting reading. It is not an easy reading at all, by it’s not boring either, even for a layman like myself. You can skip the math, [as I, surely, did] , and get straight to the point. Floating skeleton concept, invented by Dr. Pitkin, is not that hard to grasp and with elementary autosuggestion’s technique it showed immediate results relieving pain in my left knee, and, so far, I’ve been pain free for five days. Sanomechanics [a new word coined by the author] is actually a set of self-administered physical therapy, but instead of being a painful nuisance, sanomechanics it’s quite a pleasant endeavor and, until you memorized the exercises which directly address your body problems, this book shall be an indispensable reference for all health conscious baby-boomers. I have read it once, but it appears not to be enough. I will have to keep constantly referring to it as need arises. Thinking about buying another copy for my older brother for Christmas. Thank you, Dr. Pitkin - good job!" - Reviewed by Gene Klebanov, St. Louis, MO

"I am writing not as a science professional but as a grateful consumer of Dr. Pitkin's advice on how to become a healthier person. He suggests a theoretical system: the first principle is that our joints are connected with synovial fluid when they're healthy, and that the connection is broken when they're not. The second principle is that we can and should strive to preserve that connection. The rest of the book is practical, with a series of illustrated exercises designed to preserve the hydraulic connection. Since everybody's skeleton's needs are different, we're taught how to create our own exercises by applying Pitkin's "criterion of correctness." I've created my own, and so has my wife, and now we practice sanomechanics daily. Everybody should read this." - Reviewed by Ben Jackson

"As a pretty serious runner, and an aging one at that, my body is always reminding me that it's there with aches and pains. I don't like taking pain relievers, but it's sometimes unavoidable. I'm really very grateful to Practical Sanomechanics for illuminating a way for conscientious and scientifically grounded self-treatment. According to the "criterion of correctness" formulated by the author, we should seek that position in a range of motion that gives us physical pleasure, and stay there until the encouraging signal dissipates. It's so simple, but rational and scientifically justified. Together with conceptual auto-suggestion, the idea of the floating skeleton, and a helpful series of suggested exercises, the author gives you a routine to follow, both in mind and in body. I haven't taken pain relievers in the past month (and I've been practicing Sanomechanics for 5 weeks)." - Reviewed by Simon Pratt

"I was really fascinated by this book. I have exercised my whole life and feel that many people would be interested in it. I will never forget that our skeleton is supposed to float. Neither about the hydraulic connection. Thinking about that makes you look at our body differently. The knowledge about the best sitting position, the need for us to know how to preserve our bodies at best. I wonder why this is not taught in every university in the world?" - Reviewed by Elisabeth Lando

This book has also been reviewed in the following publication:

Journal of Human Kinetics - Reviewed by Maxim Shevtsov, Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), St. Petersburg, Russia


Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments pp. i-vii

Introduction pp. 1-2

Part I. Method of Sanomechanics pp. 3-4

Chapter 1. Sanomechanics Foundation pp. 5-34

Chapter 2. Sanomechanical Approach to the Risks of Routine Motions pp. 35-66

Part II. Practical Sanomechanics pp. 67-68

Chapter 3. Sanomechanical Technique pp. 69-86

Chapter 4. Sanomechanics Exercises pp. 87-134

Postface pp. 135-136

About the Author pp. 137-138

Index pp. 139-145

   Series:
      Physical Fitness, Diet and Exercise
      Physiology - Laboratory and Clinical Research
   Binding: Softcover
   Pub. Date: 2013
   Pages: 152, 6x9 (NBC - C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62257-531-2
   Status: AV
  
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