It’s interesting how the mind can control you and how you control it. This communication is especially fascinating to see when it comes to survival.
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is one training system where this relationship comes into play. FRC is designed to control and expand your usable range of mobility (ROM), says chirofusionutah.com. It uses tension to minimize neurological (brain) precautions limiting mobility in the first place, and at the same time, convince it to release a protective stronghold.
When you do the splits or any movement that can be potentially harmful, the brain creates a sore stiffness signaling you to stop. In its own distinct way, the brain tells you to halt all movements when it perceives a threat.
How does this system intend to improve your body’s mobility while protecting you at the same?
Turning “passive” ROM into active ROM
As mentioned earlier, FRC expands the body’s ROM the same time it teaches the brain how to control these newly acquired ranges.
Some people need to increase their ROM after losing the ability to actively control it. These ranges are only accessible through passive means and useless in a functional sense. And as long you fail to use these ranges, the joints can’t take loads at these ranges. If the capacity is less than the load, you become more prone to injury.
FRC approaches this problem with specific training methods to “capture” passive ROM in the end range and make them more active. By improving muscular control in the shorter and longer positions, FRC makes the end ranges usable and enhance the efficiency of all ranges in between.
Further communication with the brain
In FRC training, you’re using the joints to communicate with the central nervous system. As experts put it, force is the language of cells, and movement is what you say.
You speak to the cells within the joint capsule, and they send the message to the brain, saying “this is okay. Let them do this. Give them more force to work with.” As you develop better mobility, your joint tissues also develop strength and “grow into” the newly developed ranges.
Overall, the result is better mobility, increased joint strength, better prevention of injury, and enhanced performance.