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Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)

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Axis Healthcare is one of few clinics in the GTA offering Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialists. Functional Range Conditioning, or FRC, is defined as a system of training which applies scientific methods to the acquisition and maintenance of functional mobility, increased load bearing capacity and articular health and longevity. FRC utilizes the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods to increase ones active, useable ranges of motion by simultaneously improving articular mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control.

How does FRC® work?

FRC® works by systematically expanding the body’s ranges of motion, while simultaneously teaching the nervous system how to control the newly acquired ranges.

As our ability to generate force across the joint lessens, we lose the ability to actively control the range of motion. Thus these long, and short ranges are only accessible to us via passive means and are therefore essentially useless from a movement, functional perspective.  Further, because the longer and shorter ranges are not utilized, the joints tissues never develop the ability to absorb loads at those ranges leaving them susceptible to injury.

Thus through specific, and safe training methods we are able to ‘capture’ passive ranges of motion and convert them into usable, active ranges.  In addition, during the development of improved mobility, the system ensures the simultaneous development of tissue strength and resilience in the newly acquired ranges.

Benefits of FRC®

Mobility & Flexibility
Flexibility in and of itself, does not improve function, or human movement as it represents joint positions that the nervous system is unable to control. Mobility on the other hand, defined as flexibility + control, represents the amount of usable motion across an articulation under the direct control of the central and peripheral nervous system. It is the main focus of FRC® to both improve flexibility, as well as to simultaneously teach the nervous system how to control the newly acquired ranges.

Joint Strength
Well known to the strength and conditioning community are the physiological benefits of physical training on the muscular system. However, the benefits can and should far exceed enhancements of this one tissue. Progressive loading also leads to cellular adaptations in the connective tissues of the body.  Connective tissue, one of the four types of human biological tissues, includes the following types: Fascia, bone, ligaments, capsules, tendons, vessels and 80% of nerves.

Articular Health & Longevity
In the process of developing mobility, all articular connective tissue components are strengthened, and neurological control of said tissues enhanced.  Some of the components of the system, Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs)™ for example, were specifically created with this goal in mind.

Performance Enhancement
As FRC® improves ones mobility by increasing the functional ranges of motion across articulation, it allows improved utilization of potential to kinetic energy transfers. Put in another way, the more active motion that can be achieved across a joint, the more potential there is to store potential energy during a lengthening cycle, which can then be transferred into usable force during a shortening cycle.

Rehabilitation and Prevention
Utilization of Functional Range Conditioning® is not limited to performance enhancement.  Many of the techniques inherent to FRC® were originally developed for utilization in a clinical setting for injury rehabilitation and prevention.

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