Developed by world-renowned musculoskeletal, and human movement expert Dr. Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) utilizes the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods to increase one’s active, usable ranges of motion. This invaluable and innovative training system allows our therapists to improve movement capacity and increase joint mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control.
What is joint “mobility” and why is it important?
Mobility refers to the amount of USABLE motion that one possesses across a particular joint. Simply put, Flexibility + Strength = Mobility. The more mobile a person is, the more they are able to maximize their movement potential safely, efficiently, and effectively. Incorporating this method of mobility training minimizes the risk of injury and keeps you moving healthier, longer.
How does FRC® increase joint mobility?
FRC® works by systematically expanding the body’s ranges of motion while simultaneously teaching the nervous system how to control the newly acquired ranges. Passive flexibility is trained so that it converts into usable, functional mobility. This is achieved by taking a joint to the outer limits of motion and developing strength at those ranges. These ranges are then continuously worked on daily, making the newly acquired mobility longer lasting and readily accessible.
Can FRC® reduce my chance of injury?
Injury occurs when a force or stress placed on the body exceeds the capacity of a particular joint or muscle. This tends to occur due to a lack of strength and stability at the outer limits of a joint’s motion. Because FRC® captures passive ranges of motion (flexibility) and converts them into usable, active ranges (mobility), the body goes through a simultaneous development of strength and resilience in the ranges of motion it is most likely to get injured in. Our therapists assess what joints are lacking the appropriate mobility and then develop a customized and individual plan to strengthen your weakest joints. Thus, injury is reduced and movement capacity is expanded, allowing you to move better, longer.
What joints can FRC® help improve mobility in?
Because FRC® is an evidence based system that uses scientific principles, it works with all joints of the body and gives our therapists the ability to work with any injury that walks through our doors. We use it extensively with lower back, hip and shoulder injuries and even use it to rehabilitate patients post-surgery. Our therapists also educate how to use FRC® so that proper mobility habits are developed and maintained. This education contributes the reduced risk of future injury and, in some cases, has even allowed patients to prevent surgery.