Functional Range Conditioning St. Catharines

What Is Functional Range Conditioning?

The purpose of functional range conditioning is to improve the ability of a person with an injury or disability to perform activities that are important for their quality of life. FRC can be used as part of rehabilitation, but it also has many other applications.

How Does Functional Range Conditioning Work?

In order to understand how FRC works we need to look at what happens when you exercise your muscles. When you lift weights, stretch, run on a treadmill or do any type of aerobic activity, your body uses oxygen to produce energy which then gets converted into heat. This process causes muscle cells to swell up and become bigger than normal. The larger they get, the harder they contract. As this occurs, blood flow increases to help remove waste products produced by exercising muscles.

What Is Functional Range Assessment?

When someone comes in for physical therapy in St. Catharines after suffering from an injury or illness, our first step is to assess where they are currently functioning. We use several tools such as gait analysis, strength testing, balance assessments, movement capacity, natural muscle movement, etc., to determine if there are areas of weakness or instability within the patient’s movement patterns. Once these weaknesses have been identified, we will design exercises specifically designed to strengthen those weak links so that patients can regain function and independence.

Who Benefits Most From Functional Range Conditioning? Anyone!

People benefit from FRC whether they’re recovering from surgery, rehabilitating following an accident or simply trying to maintain good health. People often think about getting injured while lifting heavy objects, running fast or doing sports like basketball or soccer. However, everyday tasks such as walking down stairs, sitting at a desk or even standing up from a chair all require strong core muscles. If you want to stay healthy, make sure you include regular FRC sessions in your daily routine.

Functional Range Conditioning Can Help With A Wide Range of Mechanical Issues Including:

  • Increasing strength and endurance in people who have had surgery;
  • Improving mobility after stroke;
  • Helping children learn new skills such as walking;
  • Preventing falls among older adults;
  • Reducing pain (neck pain, knee pain, spinal pain, elbow pain, foot pain, shoulder pain, etc.);
  • Spinal conditions (spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis)
  • Enhancing athletic performance;
  • Providing balance training for those at risk of falling;
  • Promoting independence by helping individuals live more independently;
  • Assisting people with chronic conditions like arthritis to maintain function over time;
  • Supporting recovery from illness or trauma.
  • Increase flexibility
  • Range of motion improvements
  • Reprogram the nervous system to control functions and newly acquires ranges
  • Generate more power
  • Increase strength
  • Improve joint strength

Benefits of Functional Range Conditioning

Functional Range Conditioning, or FRC, is a trademarked system of mobility and joint control training, which, unlike many current systems, is based on scientific principles and research. Mobility, defined as the extent of controllable flexibility across articulations (flexibility plus strength), refers to the amount of USABLE motion that one possesses. Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) utilizes the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods to increase one's active, usable ranges of motion by simultaneously improving articular mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control. In essence, this invaluable, and innovative training system improves the ability to control, and move one's own body.

We offer individualized treatment plan that includes FRC alone or in conjunction with other form of treatment technique including:

1. Contemporary medical acupuncture
2. Pain management
3. K-Taping
4. Strength exercises
5. Range of motion exercises
6. Massage therapy treatment
7. Physiotherapy modalities
8. Individualized injury education

Why Choose Functional Range Conditioning at NHRC

Niagara Health & Rehab Centre is one of few clinics in the Niagara Region offering Functional Range Conditioning Movement Specialists. A certified FRC therapist is able to identify movement deficiencies and put together a program that focuses on increasing functional range of motion.

Areas We Serve:

Our patients come from all across Niagara including:

Western Hill
Port Dalhousie

Insurance Covered physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage therapy. Extended Health Coverage Direct Billing Available.

Clinic Hours:

Monday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Tuesday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Wednesday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Thursday 8a.m.–7p.m.
Friday 8a.m.–6:30p.m.
Saturday 8a.m.–2p.m.
Sunday Closed