I've now taken the last module of Functional Range Release. I can't say enough good things about this technique. Except for one thing, it's not really a technique. The more I go over stuff in my head I believe it is more like a system of principles.
"In matters of style, swim like a fish, in matters of principles stand like a rock."
Principles stay the same no matter what the person; professional athlete, couch potato, old or young. There aren't protocols to memorize. There are principles to address.
In no particular order.
Know palpatory anatomy. Know exactly what is under your fingers. Be able to reproduce this on anyone. Without this, no diagnosis can be formed. With this, a true diagnosis can be formed. What is under your fingers will dictate treatment. Under your fingers is the histology. "KNOW ANATOMY, TREAT HISTOLOGY."
Know what abnormal tension is. Know what normal tension is.
How your hand contact is with the patient is instrumental to success. Skin slack, depth, tension.
End Range of Motion is not improved on with manual therapy. Treatment is for the given range of motion. Training is for increasing range of motion.
Know what a healthy joint feels like. Know what an abnormal joint feels like. Train a healthy joint. Treat an unhealthy joint, until healthy enough to train.
No one input whether therapy or training produces change long term. The body doesn't work on one input.
Back up your treatment with training.
Some of the lectures have been the same as the principles must be taught each module, but I found myself continuing to learn. (this may go back to humans needing more then one input!)
Now it's just time to go master the principles of connective tissue.