Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC®)
Functional Range Conditioning, or FRC®, is a trademarked system of flexibility, mobility and joint control training, which, unlike many current systems, is based on scientific principles and research.
What is Functional Range Conditioning®?
Developed by world–renowned musculoskeletal and human movement expert Dr Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning® utilises the latest in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods, to provide a unique system of mobility and joint training which increases your active ranges of motion across individual and multiple articulations (joints).
Following an initial assessment, this invaluable system allows our therapists to work with you on an individual basis to improve your movement capacity, increase joint mobility, strength and neurological control.
FRC® utilises tension and isometric force to minimise neurological safe guards, which typically inhibit flexibility and mobility to begin with – the brain halts movement when it perceives it as a threat. FRC® is designed to progressively convince the brain to lower its protective stronghold on tissues at a cellular level, thus systematically teaching the nervous system how to control newly acquired Ranges of Motion.
By training the long and short ranges of an articulation actively via the nervous system, the joint tissues develop the ability to absorb load at wider Ranges of Motion – therefore leaving them less susceptible to injury.
Rehabilitation, Prehabilitation and why we use it
The utilisation of Functional Range Conditioning® is not just limited to performance enhancement. Dr Andreo Spina is a Sports Specialist Chiropractor, Medical Acupuncturist and Kinesiologist, therefore many of the techniques inherent to FRC® were originally developed for use in a clinical setting for injury rehabilitation and prevention. Although we can never completely prevent injury occurring, we are able to significantly mitigate its negative impacts and prepare an individual’s body for the insult of real life.
Where load exceeds a tissue’s load-bearing capacity, the end result is likely to be injury of some form or another.
Typically rehabilitation, by its own definition, seeks to restore the damaged tissue to its former load-bearing capacity via beneficial tissue adaptation (healing), so that general load and capacity are equal to each other and the injury symptoms are no longer consistently present.
This approach to rehabilitation does not always review how movement has altered or if the ranges of motion of the associated or neighbouring joint(s) are now lower than before. As a result, the belief of returning to the pre-injury state via an incremental basis is considered a contributing factor as to why previous injuries present symptoms periodically or why re-injury of the same site occurs at a later stage i.e. the load again exceeds the original injured tissues’ and/or associated tissues’ capacity.
By coupling our wider approach and education with the Functional Range Conditioning® system, we are able to facilitate your ability to improve your tissues’ capacity to handle increased loads – specific to your individual needs or sporting demands – therefore minimising injury risk as part of your post injury and/or surgical rehabilitation. This facilitation can be extended to working in partnership with your physio, chiro or anyone else who you already entrust in your training or health regime.
We understand and appreciate that active recovery activities such as yoga, traditional Strength and Condition practices, or any other training approaches you undertake are important aspects of your training programme – however we would like to propose an alternative: Try Functional Range Conditioning® for 6 weeks, then review your flexibility, mobility, control and overall strength.
As a word of warning, the benefits of FRC® can only be fully understood with proper education regarding cell adaptation, coaching, cueing and building body awareness to control movement in your end ranges. Without this, the risk of causing injury is real – only work with an individual who is a certified FRC® Mobility Specialist (FRCms) to gain this understanding before you take on any of the copious material available online. As always check your Health and Fitness professional’s credentials. They will be happy to disclose their certificate and will be listed on the Functional Anatomy Seminars Find a Provider Website.
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