- FAP/FR Lower Limb - HOUSTON ROCKETS (NBA) Medical staff private seminar Aug 22-25/13
- FAP/FR Lower Limb Cert - Toronto, Sept 20-22, 2013 ***SOLD OUT
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- Dr. Spina presents @ the Canadian Massage Conference - Oct 18-20
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- FAP/FR Upper Limb Cert - CHICAGO CUBS (MLB) Medical staff Private seminar Nov 14-17/13
- FRC Certification - TORONTO @ Vaughan Strength & Conditioning - Nov 30/Dec 1, 2013 ***Register NOW
- FAP/FR Upper Limb Cert - SEATTLE MARINERS & SAN DIEGO PADRES (MLB) Medical staff Private seminar Jan 23-26/14
- FAP/FR Spine Cert - Toronto, Feb 21-23, 2014
- FAP/FR Lower Limb Cert - Portland, OR, Mar 21-23 ***Register NOW
- FAP/FR Upper Limb Cert - Toronto, Apr 11-13, 2014
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- FAP/FR Lower Limb Cert - TEXAS A&M University NCAA medical staff private seminar May 21-24, 2014
- FAP/FR Lower Limb Cert - TEXAS A&M University NCAA medical staff private seminar Aug 4-7, 2014
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Private FR® Release UPPER LIMB seminar scheduled with the therapy staff of the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)
Functional Anatomy Seminars is proud to announce that we will be holding a private Functional Range Release (FR)® UPPER LIMB certification with the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) Medical staff February 4-6, 2014
FR Release® …now being used by the therapy staffs of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Cubs, and soon by the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, and Texas A&M University
FEB 21-23 – SPINE – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MAR 21-23 – LOWER LIMB – Portland, Oregon, USA
APR 11-13 – UPPER LIMB – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MAY 2-4 – SPINE – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
This past weekend we held an FRC certification at Vaughan Strength & Conditioning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Below are some pictures from the event, as well as a link to a review written by one of the participants.
FR Release® treatment tip of the day:
Nerves are made of biological tissue.
Although this statement may seem obvious at first it apparently is one that we all must remind ourselves about when critiquing claims regarding treatment of neural “entrapments” (the word entrapments is in quotes because this word is a very poor choice imo…save that one for another day).
We have all heard of that ‘interesting’ case of a miraculous treatment intervention that completely observed a patient of chronic neurological symptomatology in a single visit!! Why would this be miraculous? Because, to repeat, nerves are made of biological tissue. As such, if a nerve is subject to a compressive or tensile force for a prolonged period of time, or more commonly (and more accurately) increased friction/irritation along the course of its movement leading to an inflammatory reaction, neural damage will occur which PRECEDES the onset of neurological symptoms. Thus upon detailed histological examination one will find things such as myelin sheath damage, inter neural scarring/fibrosis, inter neural swelling, etc, leading to the onset of symptoms. Therefore…if one were to say that a single treatment visit absolved the patient of their neural symptoms, then they are claiming that they somehow caused the immediate and spontaneous healing of the damaged biological tissue…a feat that has never been witnessed in the long history of the planet.
I believe that this whole idea stems out of a very dangerous scientific analogy that is propagated through out the manual therapy community. Namely, that the brain is a ‘computer,’ and that nerves are ‘wires’ on some sort of switch board.
To deal with the first analogy, the brain DOES NOT function like a computer…if anything the computer was designed to function ‘like’ a brain (which came first after all?). Further, as we know very, very little about how the brain really functions, the design of a machine to mimic its workings at MOST only contains a mild resemblance.
Regarding the ‘nerves are like wires’ analogy…they are not…period. If you were to hammer a nail into a wall, and that nail contacts a wire, that may in fact lead to the wire not transmitting current and hence its function will cease. If one were to remove the nail (assuming no significant damage was done), the function may spontaneously restart. Why? Because wires are NOT made of biological tissue, and hence, do not require time to heal…Nerves on the other hand, when subject to irritants (pressure, chemicals, tension, etc) do not spontaneously begin to function normally the moment the irritant is removed. No matter how much one thinks their treatment got to the ‘root of the problem,’ post treatment, the fact remains that the damaged tissue, resulting from said irritant, need time to regenerate, heal, and function normally.
From what is mentioned above, what is the actual “tip of the day?”….there are a few actually:
- Scientific analogies do not represent reality
- Nothing known to science leads to immediate healing of biological tissue
- Do not expect true neurological symptoms to immediately resolve when the irritant is removed. Healing time is required.
This footage was taken at an Functional Range Release (FR)® Upper Limb certification seminar with the Chicago Cubs MLB medical staff. In it, Dr. Spina discusses various concepts pertaining to the long term histological remodelling of soft tissue structure and how soft tissue therapists should remember to focus on long term movement goals.
In this interview we cover many, many topics regarding the FR Release system and my views on soft tissue release/rehabilitation ….which are one in the same truthfully. The answers are ‘long-winded’ but in my defence the questions that were asked of me required them. Please enjoy…
“If I were to show you a magnified tissue slide of a tendon ‘inserting’ into a bone and asked you to draw a line distinguishing where the change occurs you would not be able to do so. You would simply be able to say that on one side of the slide the composition of cells, fibers, and ground substance looks more “tendon-like,” while on the other side it looks more “bone-like.” Thus the distinction between the two exists as a gradual progression/change in composition. In this light, ALL body tissues are not only connected…they are actually all different expressions of the same substances.”
From FRCms Scott Tribby…
“The first exposure I had to FRC and Dr. Spina was a short video clip of him performing some weird lateral lunge/crawl-like movement while holding a kettlebell. My first thought was “holy sh*t that’s awesome”, and the second was “I want to know what that guy knows!” Like many of you, as a strength coach I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to train that will yield greater results, both for myself and my clients. Many of us enjoy pushing our physical limitations to one degree or another, and so are drawn to demonstrations of advanced and difficult movements, feats of strength, acrobatics, etc. While definitely impressive, to the casual observer they are so far beyond attainability that they would never consider employing any of the training techniques those individuals used to get there. They view themselves as lacking the prerequisites and/or abilities to ever be able to perform such feats…and many are not interested in being able to in the first place.
Many people will first encounter FRC through a video similar to the one I saw, with someone performing one of the Flows or other complex movement drill. Mistakenly, this is what they will think FRC “is”…indeed, I have spoken to a number of individuals who’s first impressions were that it was related in some way to MovNat or Animal Flow. I quickly assured them that this is not the case, that FRC is rather a set of principles and techniques designed to be able to prepare your body to perform such movements safely and effectively. FRC is all about MOBILITY (defined as flexibility + stability), and the Flows and similar movements are simply the EXPRESSION of that mobility.
As strength coaches, trainers, and therapists we deal with populations that have a varying degree of abilities, limitations, as well as goals. These clients will both need and want to express mobility in a myriad of different ways…from athletic competitions and recreational activities to just normal every day endeavors. Regardless of their starting points, end goals, training age, biological age, physical limitations, etc, the one thing they need to know is the FRC IS FOR EVERONE! The basic foundation, CARs (as well as PAILs/RAILs), can literally be performed by anyone…they do not need to have mobility and strength levels that are “off the charts”. As long as they can move, they’re in.
At Ranfone Training Systems we’ve been implementing these foundational principles and techniques to vary degrees with clients over the past few months. The feedback we’ve received has been nothing short of outstanding, here just a couple of examples: First, a collegiate hockey player with severe hip FAI syndrome symptoms who was told he needed surgery. Instead, he embarked on an aggressive rehab program followed by strength and conditioning that included FRC methods, and is now pain free and performing better than he ever has. Second, a middle-aged client with a long history of back pain. This client has been training with us for the better part of a year with both successes and failures in terms of his back health and performance. After just a few sessions of nothing but FRC methods and additional movement drills, he reports feeling better than he has in a long time. Needless to say, we are excited about the ways in which FRC can and will be used with our client base.”