Functional Range Conditioning

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is a system designed to improve mobility that was created by Dr. Andreo Spina.

Mobility is a combination of flexibility and strength, and FRX was create in order to increase the degree of usable motion by mitigate the limitations of an injury and optimizing joint function. FRC is intended to benefit the rehabilitation process and is ideal for those who have suffered from an injury as it may be employed during the rehabilitation process, allowing for a safer and more effective way to resume strength training.

Modality:

FRC involves a thorough joint-by-joint assessment of the entire body in order to properly identify the existing movement capacity of all joints. Areas of the body that may have been affected by an injury and those that may be suffering from a limited range of motion are then targeted in order to ensure the body is able to achieve optimum movement and a wider range of usable motion.

This system employs a series of isometric exercises, where continuous force is placed on the body while recipients hold tension and maintain the same posture. This teaches the body how to develop muscles tension, and allows the body to develop increased strength without joint shearing or inflammatory reactions.

FRC employs two isometric techniques, Progressive Angular Isometric Loading & Regressive Angular Isomeric Loading (PAILs and RAILs) These technique utilizes frequent low-level muscle contractions in order to direct muscle growth and improve neurological communication between the central nervous system and the muscles, resetting the bodies humunculous and its proprioceptive awareness of position and relative space through adaptive modification and stretching of Golgi Tendon Organs.

A passive direction-specific stretch followed by isometric contractions performed in both agonist and antagonist groups depending on the joint structure, in to improve flexibility and optimize functional range of motion.

Benefit:

FRC utilizes a principle known as Progressive Adaptation, which can be of benefit to the bones, ligaments and fascia in much the same way as muscle hypertrophy. The application of FRC may have many benefits, including:

  • Improved load bearing capacity for the entire body, including joints at eccentric angles

  • Articular health

  • Increased or restored range of motion and function mobility

FRC is also useful for decreasing the likelihood of a future injury by increasing the ability of the body’s articular surfaces to withstand stress.

What to Expect:

FRC is performed through a series of stretches and seemingly simple movements and basic exercises. Athletic wear and other comfortable loose-fitting clothing that will not restrict movement is ideal for a session.

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