I just got back from taking Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) course for the second time this weekend. The first time I took the course was a little over a year ago when Dr. Jeff Cubos recommended it to me. It's been a staple in my programs since and has had a significant impact for my clients and myself. 3 weeks ago I took FRA (the assessment portion of the system) and have since run all of my clients through a full assessment and tailored their programming accordingly. FRA brought a ton of clarity to the system for me and with FRC being offered a short 3 hour drive away, I felt that it was the perfect opportunity to see what more I could pick up taking the course again. These were my main takeaways:
1) CARs are probably under-utilized and undersold.
Seriously, I really don't think there is a better return on investment than CARs. Since taking the course CARs have been broken down further into 3 levels. This takes even more guess work out and adds a logical progression to something I previously oversimplified.
-Focusing on "conscious blocking" with level 1 CARs brings a whole different level of body awareness that is missed when we externally block all compensations.
-However minor it may seem, I think making all of the morning routine CARs from standing helps decrease the barrier to entry.
-Despite the purpose not being to increase range of motion, I find most people get a lot of improvement from CARs alone.
-I need to do a better job of selling my clients on CARs. it will make my job, and more importantly their lives, easier.
2) We probably need more frequent inputs than we think.
They don't all have to be vein popping, cramp inducing joint exorcisms like a max set of PAILs/RAILs. Do some low level contractions in that position throughout the day or hangout passively in that position when you're watching TV. This means more client homework, but faster results.
3) Pick the low hanging fruit.
Understand fundamental joint functions and fix the really bad stuff first. The exercises probably won't look cool or be all that exciting for the client, but when they start to feel better they'll be sold.
Training, rehabbing, whatever. Do them.