- FR Lower Limb - Texas A&M University Medical staff private seminar Aug 4-7/14
- FR Lower Limb Cert - Toronto, Sept 19-21, 2014
- FRC Certification - New York @ Drive495 - Sept 27-28, 2014 ***SOLD OUT
- FR Upper Limb - Vancouver, BC, Oct 24-25, 2014
- FRC Certification - TORONTO @ Vaughan Strength & Conditioning - Nov 1-2, 2014
- FRC Certification - SEATTLE MARINERS & SAN DIEGO PADRES (MLB) Medical staff Private seminar Nov 12-13/14
- FRC Certification - ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (MLB) Medical staff Private seminar Nov 22-23/14
- FR Upper Limb Cert - New York @ PerfectStride Physical Therapy - PRIVATE COURSE - Jan 9-11/15
- FRC Certification - Portland, OR @ IMPACT - Jan 24-25, 2015
- FRC Certification - San Francisco, CA @ MoveSF - Feb 7-8, 2015
- FRC Certification - Vancouver, BC - Feb 21-22, 2015
- FR Upper Limb - Portland, OR, Mar 20-22, 2015
- FRC Certification - Connecticut @ Ranfone Training Systems - Mar 28-29, 2015
- FR Upper Limb - Chicago , Apr 17-19, 2015
- FR Lower Limb - London, England, May 2-4, 2015
- FR Upper Limb - Boston, MA, May 22-14, 2015
- FRC Certification - Dallas, TX @ Synergy Athletics - June 6-7, 2015
Seminar registration @ FunctionalAnatomySeminars.com
A joint is a space between two bones allowing for independent motion between them. When restriction exists by way of cumulative fibrosis (scarring), or neurological disorder leading to an inability to dissociate the two components forming the articulation… then the joint is not acting as a joint.
What is the first step in ensuring good movement and lasting articular health?
Make joints function like joints…then reinforce their function through specific articular training inputs.
***apologies in advance for the audio quality***
In this video we discuss how the nervous system plans, structures, and executes movement. We also dispel many of the common myths surrounding this topic.
Video clip taken at a Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)® certification held at Drive495 in New York City (2014)
A while back I posted a video entitled “Why foam rolling is NOT Myofascial Release (nor is instrument assisted soft tissue techniques)” where I outlined an argument, as the title suggests, that the mechanism of both foam rolling, and instrument assisted soft tissue techniques is not myofascial “release.” The main premise of the argument being that neither can provide directional force input to the underlying tissues and thus cannot stimulate soft tissue restructuring over time. I at no time question the usefulness of the techniques; I am simply questioning their mechanism of action.
In part two of this discussion (found below) I again explain why I don’t think a logical argument can be made that foam rolling will lead to a structural change in soft tissues. I then suggest a way of modifying the application to better fit what is known about how soft tissues/connective tissue responds to loading inputs. I will note again that even with these modifications I do not believe that rolling over tissue will in and of itself lead to long term structural changes. This opinion stands for any and all forms of soft tissue ‘release’ for that matter. The fact is that no biological tissue in the body has ever been shown to permanently alter in structure following single stimuli application. Tissues require multiple inputs over time to lead to plastic changes. This is why at seminars I emphasize the need to back up any soft tissue treatment inputs with specific training stimulus to reinforce the ‘message’ to the underlying cells.
It is the word ‘release’ itself that I find problematic. I do indeed use the term (Functional Range “Release”) however I do so for the sake of simplification for patients. The word ‘release’ is simply an analogy that for them is easily understandable. However when health/fitness professionals begin to believe in the analogies that we use it creates a problem. The word ‘release’ implies that we are somehow ‘breaking’ tissue down…or causing tissue to yield under the implied load. From this analogy comes concepts of “adhesions” or “scar tissue” that practitioner believe they are ‘releasing’ or ‘breaking’ during the course of a treatment application. When one considers what is known regarding how tissues respond to loading inputs, this analogy appears as a gross oversimplification and highly illogical in my opinion.
Had an amazing weekend for the Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)® certification at Drive495 in New York City. Welcome to all of the new FRCms certified practitioners
CLICK ON THE LINK:
- What FRC, FAP and FR (his seminars) are and how they work together
- How scientific research and literature is at the forefront of his methods
- What Stretching is – how it’s more about the Central Nervous System
- Stretching before an athletic activity may be a bad idea but it doesn’t mean we should stop stretching!
- The research is out on foam rolling – why it isn’t MRT, but has other benefits
- Why you shouldn’t foam roll something when it hurts
- How he defines mobility and flexibility – hint one is passive the other is active
- When mobility becomes a problem – when you don’t have control of the movement
- Why he takes issue with the yoga pose-based model
- When more stretching can make things worse (when “tight” hamstrings can be a sign of neurological injury)
- His experience with yoga-related injuries, why yoga isn’t an anti injury practice
The problem with prescribing general ‘mobility‘ drills is that they will accentuate articular dysfunction if independent articular motions are not present.
This concept is best conceptualized when considering spinal motion. For proper spinal motion to occur, we want movements to be distributed amongst the vertebral segments. For example, with forward flexion, we want to avoid having a single motion segment creating the entire movement as this will predispose the person to segmental buckling. Rather, we want the movement to be distributed across each articulation (however minimal the intersegmental motion is). In situations where sections of the spine are ‘blocked’ (ie. moving as a single stiff unit), general mobility drills will promote compensatory hyper mobility at the individual motion segment.
The Glenohumeral joint is another example where independent motion between the humerus and scapula must be present prior to assigning general mobility drills. When independent motion is lacking, mobility drills will promote compensatory Scapulothoracic hyper mobility (which can often lead to conditions such as subacromial impingement).