Sacha Dybnis

Dentist

imageBased on my excellent results, I highly recommend to you the Physical Training Services of Andy Petranek.

In January of 2003 I began training with Andy. At the time, I was 57 years of age, with cardiac stints, in mediocre physical condition – that is to say no strength in my arms, legs, and abdomen and no stamina. I was plagued for the past few years with shoulder pain (untreated rotator cuff injuries) that severely limited my range of motion and knee pain (due to untreated torn meniscus cartilage) that hurt with every change of position. For all my height of 6’3”, I was overweight at 233 lbs. I had, for several years, resisted my physician’s recommendations to have my shoulders and knees surgically treated. As a practicing dentist, I’m frequently called upon to treat my patient’s TMJ pains and I’ve found much success with non-surgical therapies. On the basis of these successes I was sure that there must also be non-surgical approaches to the healing of shoulder and knee joint injuries.

During my first 12 months with Andy, we met three times a week. It was not a “quick fix” but a satisfying “complete fix”. Andy began with exercises that strengthened my “core muscles” as well as the muscles that fed into and surrounded my suffering joints. Whenever an exercise caused pain to any joint, Andy immediately stopped the process and presented me with an alternative way to work the target muscles without triggering the joint pain. I’ve been very impressed by Andy’s wide knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology that guided me to improve my muscles without further injuring or stressing my joints.

Prior to beginning each session, he reviews my medical and physical status to learn of changes that may have developed since the last session or may impact the current session. During each session he takes thorough notes on the exercises that I do as well as the response and results I may have. He often refers back to previous notes to track progress and maintain continuity. In the medical arts we say that “A doctor is only as good as his notes” and I believe that the same holds true in Andy’s profession. I believe that Andy is a true professional in his field.

After the first year, I found that all of my joint pains were eliminated and I had regained my full range of motion without discomfort (the only exception was my left knee when sitting in a kneeling meditation position). By the time of this writing. I’ve learned to exercise on my own and I see Andy about three times a month for refinement and stamina development.I’ve been very impressed by Andy Petranek’s wide knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise physiology that guided me to improve my muscles without further injuring or stressing my joints. After the first year, I found that all of my joint pains were eliminated and I had regained my full range of motion without discomfort.

– Sacha Dybnis, DDS

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