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Health Beat: Prehab to avoid rehab

WASHINGTON - For some, Hernan Lucero is a familiar face. The actor in soaps and commercials knows the importance of presentation and posture.

"Things weren't right and weren't aligning right," said Lucero.

Then, he discovered "prehab."

"Prehabilitation is really just a concept or philosophy that we're trying to build into people's mindset, and it primarily has to do with proactive care," said Dr. Noam Sadovnik, the founder of Clinicube.

It uses tools like the "optogait" that evaluate your gait for imbalances. They also use red cord suspension therapy suspending a patient's entire body in midair.

"And so, there's no stable foundation for the body to sort of leverage and so what happens when we have you perform those movements in the red cord apparatus is we're able to very quickly expose any weaknesses, imbalances, or even compensations," Sadovnik continued.

After battling chronic pain throughout his 20s, Lucero can now enjoy competitive bike racing with increased range of motion and strength due to prehab exercises, and he's not the only one.

"I brought my dad in a long time ago to see Sadovnik. He walked in limping on a cane. He had diabetic neuropathy, and, I said, 'Hey Dad, just try it out. Just get on the machine. What's the worst that could happen?' He got on the ATM. He went through the exercises. He did some movements. He danced out of that office," said Lucero.

Most insurance companies do not reimburse for prehab. The fees depend on the combination of services, but typically range from $110 and up.

Prehab is for anyone of any age and level of athleticism who is looking to improve their strength and range of motion.


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