Applied Functional Science® is a process for functional assessment, training and conditioning, rehabilitation, and injury prevention that is practical for any and all individuals regardless of age or ability.
Applied Functional Science® is based on scientific truths that serve as the foundation of the process. These principles, integrated with neuromusculoskeletal Chain Reaction™ biomechanics, lead to powerful strategies that guide the decision-making process.
In a nutshell, Applied Functional Science is the skill of identifying a loss of strength, limit of balance, or restricted movement areas by observing motion in real life movements and then applying strategies to improve functional movements. This system ignores typical isolated movements on a table or chair as the body does not move that way. Rather, movements are often in three dimensional patterns that require some degree of balance, coordination, range of motion, and strength/stability.
Fellow of Applied Functional Science®
A Fellow of Applied Functional Science® (FAFS) is one who successfully completes GIFT, a 40-week mentorship program delivered by Gray Institute, the “Authentic Source of Applied Functional Science®.”
A FAFS demonstrates the confidence and competence in the Principles-Strategies-Techniques Process of Applied Functional Science®. A FAFS is also one that gains certification in Functional Manual Reaction® (FMR). This means that the FAFS has the knowledge, analytical ability, and hands-on manual skills necessary for the understanding, application, and integration of the Core Content of the GIFT Curriculum.
To find out more about the Gray Institute of Functional Transfomation (GIFT) program, please visit the Gray Institute of Functional Transfomation (GIFT) Brochure.
Functional Manual Reaction®
“Functional Manual Reaction® is the name that the Gray Institute uses to describe the application of hands to bone segments in order to facilitate an optimal sequence of motion during a functional movement. FMR is used during the clinical tasks of movement assessment, functional training, and rehabilitation. FMR is a very powerful and effective tool when utilized during functional movements. However, it can not be effectively employed without a comprehensive foundation in Applied Functional Science® that includes: joint and muscle anatomy, tri-plane muscle function, biomechanics/kinematics, relative joint motions, and inter-segmental dynamics. FMR can be used to assess movement restrictions caused by muscles and joints. In addition to eliminating identified movement restrictions, it can also be utilized to restore the proper sequencing of bone movements that is essential to effective and efficient task execution. The forces applied to bones during FMR are relatively gentle and carry little risk because they are consistent with the physiological movement that is occurring.” — Adapted from Funtional Manual Reaction by Dr. David Tiberio Ph.D., PT, OCS, FAFS