Functional Manual Reaction

Functional Manual Reaction (FMR) serves three main functions; It is a movement assessment, a functional training, and a rehabilitation tool. The goal is to facilitate an optimal sequence of bone speed and motion, and to stimulate proprioceptors. It is a unique way to assess and guide you during a given movement. FRM takes place in an upright position, which is more effective as this is how we move in the world.

A movement assessment tool

Functional Manual Reaction (FMR) is a hands on assessment tool coined by the Gray institute. The goal is to facilitate an optimal sequence of bone motion and muscle activation during a given movement. We evaluate and gently guide the bone segments of a joint, as for instance the tibia and femur of the knee, while you perform a functional movement such as a step. When the bones are not moving properly in relation to each other it can create misalignment, torque, and painful movements. FMR is rooted in a profound understanding of functional biomechanics, myoskeletal anatomy and the three dimensional function of muscles.

A functional training tool

Besides facilitating proper joint function during movement, FMR also excites the proprioceptors (nerve-endings sensitive to touch, tension, pressure and vibration), which means neuromuscular stimulation. This results directly from the specific touch of my hands, and indirectly from the motion of muscles and joints as you move under my guidance. Depending on your activity in a job, activity or sport, you will perform a movement relevant to that. The combination of the specific movements and the hands on work creates subtle, yet profound improvements in your ability to move.

A rehabilitation tool

In rehab it is more essential than ever to change old habits and reset neuromuscular compensation patterns. By touching the myoskeletal tissue while you move without pain, we already stimulate the brain differently. This, in turn, encourages new ways of moving. In addition, having the support of the therapeutic hands guiding your confused muscles and bones, while you explore a simple step, hugely accelerates your progress. The beauty of FMR is its subtlety, which is more important than ever during the rehab phase.