Biomechanics for Life

Introduction to Sanomechanics

  • Mark R. Pitkin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
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About this book


The reader will find in this book a new approach to improving health. The author has called this approach “sanomechanics,” combining the Latin sanus (healthy, sound) and mechanicus (science of the motion of bodies subjected to forces). The focus of sanomechanics is on exercising with an understanding of the biomechanical consequences of the actions. This understanding is based on the author’s theory of the floating skeleton, which postulates a hydraulic connection of synovial joints. The theory explains the greater or lesser success of any exercise utilizing the ability of the human skeleton to absorb and transform forces and moments from the body segments and the environment. This ability vanishes with age and illnesses, and the deeper our understanding of the nature of skeletal functioning is, the better we shall be able to improve, protect, and prolong the skeleton’s health.


biomechanics orthopaedics physical therapy rehabilitation skeleton

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark R. Pitkin
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  1. 1.School of MedicineTufts UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-17176-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-17177-2
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