What are the Functional Range Systems


The  FRA® assessment is based on active and passive measurement of the primary joints used in movement, such as the ankles, knees, hips, spine, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Passive measurement evaluates flexibility, or the amount of motion the joint is capable of expressing. Active measurement evaluates functional mobility, or the ability to actively achieve a range of motion.  


-What is your baseline for movement capacity?

-Do you have the needed passive and active range of motion?

-How is the quality of your movement?

-Can you control that range of motion?

-What do we need to do to improve any deficits of movement?

Then either manual therapy using (FR®) or training inputs (FRC®) are able to be directed at the individual’s specific deficits. 

**FRA® Specialist certified April 2020


The FR® system utilizes  Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems (F.A.P.)™ which is an advanced, systematic approach to soft tissue palpation used to feel, and therefore assess very specific anatomic structures. Utilizing various concepts such as reference structures, layering technique, and epimysial groove assessment, the F.A.P.™ system is unparalleled in its ability to allow the practitioner to localize and identify symptomatic tissues. 

Tissue Tension Technique helps me define areas of abnormal tissue tension (restrictive forces countering the ability to produce efficient movement) which is believed to represent areas of fibrotic tissue. Further, the FR® system helps me distinguish between mechanical tension (tension created by the deposition of fibrosis), and neurological tightness (tissue tension deriving from increased neural discharge). This distinction is of utmost importance when attempting to select the appropriate treatment method or modality. 

FR® will help to reduce tissue tension, improve healing, increase range of motion, reduce pain and improve function. 

**FR® Lowerbody certified November,2018


FRC® is a system of mobility and joint control training, which, unlike many current systems, is based in scientific principals and research.

Mobility, defined as the extent of controllable flexibility across the joint (flexibility plus strength), refers to the amount of USABLE motion that one possesses.

In any particular articulation there exists both a passive, as well as an active range of motion. The passive range refers to the angles that are only attainable through passive means (ie. The application of passive, external force). The term ‘flexibility’ has historically been synonymous with this concept.

Active ranges of motion are those ranges that are attainable through the application of active internal (muscular) force simulated by nervous system activity. It is these active ranges that can bestow the aforementioned benefits of injury prevention, improved performance (athletic and non-athletic), and lasting articular health.

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) utilizes the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods to increase ones active, usable ranges of motion by simultaneously improving articular mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control.

**FRC® Mobility Specialist (FRCms) certified September, 2018