Functional Range Assessment (FRA)®


Functional Range Assessment® is one of the courses provided by Functional Anatomy Seminars which is a system of assessment, therapy and mobility training created by Dr Andreo Spina in Toronto, Canada.

FRA specifically provides a framework to directly assess joint health, dysfunction and compensations that are present in so many of us in our modern worlds. It also looks at and assesses the nervous system and the control it provides over our frame as often the issue is not only a lack of motion or mobility but also a lack of control or neurological integration and feedback. FRA focuses on the specific ranges of motion in each joint both in a passive and active context within the context of our central nervous system.

In order to provide a unique, personalised assessment and quality care we must understand the following components:

  1. Context or a reason why you are doing the assessment
  2. Efficiently and accurately give info about the part examined
  3. Reduce our need for any subjectivity (reducing subjectivity improves accuracy).
  4. Simplicity – to provide a way to break down the complex structure that is the human frame and biomechanics
  5. To look at component parts and understand function and movement capacity.

Humans are an example of a complex adaptive system meaning we are self organising, continuously evolving, run on feedback loops, are non-linear, display emergent behaviour and have no central controller (Chivers, 2017). Although the idea that we do not have a central controller might sound strange to us it is true our bodies do not ask of our central nervous system for permissions to change hormones, to induce autophagy (clear old, dying cells), lay down collagen fibers etc. Our system is a complex one that has many internal adaptive mechanisms allowing us to function optimally, adapt when needed and evolve. Chivers quoted Iverson & Thelen (1999) stating that human movement is dynamic and can be thought of as a stream, continuously flowing and continuously changing which is true for our entire human system. We are constantly flowing and changing to be the best, to deal with stressors and to adapt to our environmental influences.

Our ultimate goal as therapists and trainers is to create better options for movement capacity – to allow our bodies to better engage and respond to our environment. If your system has a large movement capacity, then the risk of injury lowers and our ability to absorb external loads increases. This applies not only to movement health but also on a bigger scale of human health to all parts of our complex system. If one improves the capacity of our digestive, psychological, detoxification, hormonal, emotional, mental and musculoskeletal systems we can raise the capacity of the system to adapt to external influences at any level. We should be striving to make ourselves as resilient, adaptable and ‘unfuckworthy’ as possible (Lakhani, 2016).

If you would like to experience a full functional range assessment contact reception on 0208 780 0898 or to book your appointment. The full FRA includes a 1 hour initial assessment, 30 min bespoke mobility plan by your assessor and a 30 min follow up where you are taught how to perform your exercises (training session). Both Nicole and Khalil are trained in FRA and can provide the full assessment, plan and training sessions. Nicole wrote a blog on her experience at FRA if your interested in reading the full blog.

Chivers, M and Ranfone, M (2017). Lectures at Functional Range Assessment, Toronto, Canada.
Functional Anatomy Seminars:
Iverson, J.M. and Thelen, E. (1999). Hand, mouth and brain. The dynamic emergence of speech and gesture. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6(11-12), 19-40.
Lakhani, V. (2016). The code of the extraordinary mind. Rondale Wellness Inc., New York, USA.