What is FRC?
My goal has always been to produce quality care to every individual that comes to me and trusts me with their care. For that reason, I have found it to be my responsibility to have the best tools and knowledge that I can possibly give to others. Not only for the treatment room, but to expand and share my knowledge so others can take care of themselves as well.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been studying human movement and physiology, reading any research paper I could find to help me understand how the human body functions. Most importantly how I can influence the human body via manual therapy. This path eventually led me to Dr. Andreo Spina and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC). This made me realize that as powerful and effective as manual therapy is, that it is not enough, and that the body also needs to be retrained in order to achieve long lasting change.
What is Functional Range Conditioning? It is a joint health and mobility training system based in scientific principals and research. Mobility refers to the USABLE motion that one possesses across a particular articulation (joint). The more mobile a person is, the more they are able to maximize their movement potential safely, efficiently, and effectively.
Despite our advances in science and technology, injuries continue to rise, more people are in acute and chronic pain and countless hours of work are lost due to this. Not only do we see people’s quality of life diminish, but we are also seeing a rapid development of degenerative arthritis far before it should be happening. FRC helps with all of that. Not only for better performance but to also restore proper joint function and overall mobility.
How does FRC do this? It starts by normalizing joint function. Starting with an initial assessment we can decipher how your joints are functioning and begin to take progressive active steps to restore that function. Secondly, it increases movement capacity. Not only is the goal to make sure your joints move well, but that they are strong and resilient. Thirdly, it helps increase body control. It is very eye opening for most during the assessment process to see how we easily compensate our movements due to restricted function and mobility. Lastly, it helps increase your available ranges of motion so you can perform your daily tasks or sports with decreased chances of injury.
Who is FRC for? Anybody with human joints. FRC can be used to help with pain and rehab, help with athletic performance or simply as a way to ensure that your joints are strong and healthy and stay that way as long as possible.
FRC isn’t a type or style of exercise. It’s integrating scientific principles in manual and movement therapy in order to achieve the best possible outcome. No client designed program is the same as FRC is highly individualized. Also, by implementing FRC into your life you’ll be joining the ranks of professional athletes and professional teams like the LA Kings, Lakers, and so many others that are already implementing FRC into their training and lives.
If you are interested in knowing more about FRC feel free to ask me about it anytime. Stay tuned for more weekly blogs where I will be expanding more on this this topic and how I plan on implementing it in my practice.