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New motion technology helps reduce pain from movement

New motion technology helps reduce pain from movement

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - A body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless it becomes too painful to do so.

A new St. Luke's high-tech computer program uses your injury to produce pain free results.

This means running has become reality TV for 25-year-old Christa Vrabel.

The plot of each episode filmed at a Bethlehem Township St. Luke's Physical Therapy center is to produce a pain free stride.

"Didn't feel good. Pretty sharp pain I knew something was wrong," she said about her recent running.

Cameras capture Vrabel's stride, the movement is then imported into a motion analysis computer program.

"It's a more in-depth more thorough analysis, we can see mechanically what's happening with her," physical therapist Eric Kennedy explained.

Vrabel's exercise can be slowed to 100 frames per second.

A side by side comparison of her progress is studied.

A patient room becomes an editing booth.

Kennedy draws angles and measures even the most minute distances.

All can lead to real body mechanic changes.

The program isn't just for runners.

Cyclists, and golfers, even stoke victims, anything with a dynamic movement can be analyzed.

For Vrabel it meant fixing her arm and foot motion.

"How to not put so much pressure on the outside of my feet. A lot easier not only my knees but on the rest of my body," Vrabel said.

The result is a new season of running minus the camera but more importantly the pain.

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