Conquering The Maze: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Functional Range Assessment

January 23, 2024 | Functional Range Assessment

Conquering The Maze: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Functional Range Assessment

Let’s face it: our bodies can be mysteries. We clunk, creak, and ache, often wondering what hidden imbalances lurk beneath the surface. But fear not, intrepid explorers! We’ve got a map to navigate the labyrinthine ways of your musculoskeletal system: the Functional Range Assessment (FRA).

Think of the FRA as an Indiana Jones adventure for your body. Fortunately, it’s not just about poking and prodding (though a bit of gentle exploration is involved!). It’s a comprehensive investigation, uncovering hidden limitations and unlocking the secrets to pain-free powerful movement. So, how do you make the most of this movement expedition? Buckle up, adventurers, because I’m here to be your Sherpa through the benefits of a Functional Range Assessment.

1. Ditch the Preconceptions.

Don’t approach the FRA with a self-diagnosis. Leave judgments and expectations at the door. This isn’t about “winning” or “failing”; it’s about gathering information. Think of yourself as a blank canvas, ready to be painted with the insights the FRA reveals.

We’ll go through the gamut of assessments to see how you move all of your joints. We’ll review things like how well you can articulate different parts of your spine or how much you can control your toes. The FRA is thorough, and we’ll leave no stone unturned in helping you move with purpose.

2. Embrace the Open Mind.

The FRA goes beyond traditional assessments that only focus on strength and flexibility. It digs deeper, assessing joint mobility, stability, and control. Be prepared to explore uncharted territory–you might discover movement patterns you never knew you had (or wished you didn’t!).

3. Fuel Your Inquisitive Side.

Curiosity is your ultimate tool. Ask questions! Understand the rationale behind each test. The more you participate, the deeper your understanding of your body and the FRA’s findings. Think of yourself as a detective, piecing together the clues to your movement mysteries.

We are as hands-on with you as humanly possible and want you to take an active role in that process, too. For instance, if you want to know why we’re checking the joint rotation of your hips, just ask! We will go out of our way to help you understand why we’re doing what we’re doing and how that will carry over to your results and progress.

4. Befriend the Fear.

Let’s be honest: some movements in the FRA might feel unfamiliar, even a little challenging. Just remember, discomfort doesn’t equal danger. All of the Motive Training team will guide you through every step, ensuring your safety and comfort. Embrace the challenge, and see it as an opportunity to expand your movement repertoire.

5. Listen to Your Body’s Whispers.

Pay close attention to your internal sensations. Notice subtle twinges, stiffness, or discomfort. The FRA can interpret these whispers as vital clues, painting a clearer picture of your movement patterns. Become an expert on your body language.

6. Trust the Process.

The FRA might not unlock your hidden superpowers overnight but trust that the insights it reveals are invaluable. We will translate the findings into a personalized action plan, a roadmap to optimize your movement and conquer your body’s limitations.

Remember, the FRA is the first step on your journey to a pain-free, powerful movement. It’s a conversation starter, a dialogue between you and your body. Embrace the adventure, unlock your potential, and move with purpose, one assessment at a time.

Beyond the Assessment.

Here are some bonus tips to turbocharge your FRA experience:

  • Prepare your body: Firstly, get a good night’s sleep and hydrate before the assessment. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for full range of motion.
  • Be open to feedback: Our personal trainer’s insights are gold. Listen closely and ask questions.
  • Embrace the action plan: Don’t let the assessment gather dust! Commit to the personalized exercises and recommendations your practitioner provides.
  • Make it a journey, not a destination: The FRA is just the beginning. It’s important to continue exploring your movement potential, seeking guidance when needed, and celebrating every step in your progress.

Moving with purpose isn’t a destination; it’s a lifelong adventure. The FRA is your compass, helping you navigate the terrain of your own body. So, grab your curiosity, fuel your inquisitiveness, and embark on the most rewarding exploration of all: discovering the powerful potential within you.

Written by:

Motive Training StaffMotive Training Staff

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