Functional Range Conditioning®
Functional Range Conditioning® (FRC®)
FRC® is a completely new way of looking at human movement. The brainchild of Dr Andreo Spina (Developer of Functional Range Release®), the goal of FRC® is to help you develop the necessary prerequisites for effective human movement. This involves using a systematic joint-by-joint assessment to accurately identify the movement capacity at every joint in the body. The weak links in the chain can then be improved to allow for optimum human movement.
Flexibility vs Mobility
Often these terms are completely misunderstood, and this is a big problem in our industry. Uncontrolled range of motion is like an accident waiting to happen. Mobility is far more important then flexibility. So are you still stretching for flexibility?
Flexibility = passive uncontrolled range of motion
Mobility = actively controlled range of motion.
Why training joints is so important
Complex movements require the use of multiple joints all functioning at once. But if one of those joints is dysfunction, more of the forces generated through movement are transferred to the joints that are functioning. If you hips are very ‘tight’, and you can’t control them well, don’t be surprised if more force is transferred into your lower back or knees… This is an example we see on a daily basis in the clinic. The goal of FRC® help make all the joints work ‘nicely’.
Why am I always tight?
Many individuals struggle with mobility. In laymen’s terms they are very ‘tight’ or stiff, and no amount of stretching, foam rolling or massage seems to make any difference. This is because most of the restriction, or ‘tightness’ is due to neurological apprehension. You have lost the ability to control certain ranges of motion, so your nervous systems restricts movement in an effort to prevent injury, and in addition simply improve the stability of the movements you do have…