CARs and MORE
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Every site member only has access to the Daily CARs, complete with audio cues for every joint and an all-in-one set to accompany you as you follow along everyday.
(Access to the Capsular CARs and CARs Crash Courses is for Kinstretch® members and in-person or online clients with a current series)
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What are CARs?
CARs are Controlled Articular Rotations at the outer limits of a specific joint's articular motion.
What are the functions and uses of CARs?
CARs is the base program for the Functional Range System® because it teaches and demonstrates the neurological control, awareness and health of the deepest connective tissue at and around the joints. They are a daily assessment tool to analyze and maintain ranges of motion, sustain health and longevity, and flood the Central Nervous System (CNS) with the feedback necessary to access any movement. Not only necessary to restore the articular kinesthesia for rehabilitating joints, but essential for movement training.
How does it work?
Based on biological and physiological science of the body, the innermost tissue of joints, the articular capsules, have a high density of nerve receptors (called mechanoreceptors) in the joint. Feedback from the joint capsules and the surrounding connective tissue directly communicates to the central nervous system (CNS). By learning to actively work each joint at it's end ranges, especially without compensation from surrounding areas, the CNS is flooded with complex and multi-directional/rotational info and can help restore and achieve:
Maintenance and improvement in range of motion
Better joint feedback to the CNS
Joint stability and communication with global tissue
Kinesthetic awareness or body control
Neuromuscular motor retraining
Joint anti-inflammatory with better blood flow and tissue sliding for motion
How often should I do them?
Daily if possible but I honestly don't think you can do them enough! Motion is lotion for the body! Be sure to check out the intro video for specific cues and things to look out for and if you're looking for more ranges, best to book a session!
Musculature contraction of the entire body in conjunction with the exercises, including the trunk and abdominals to create stability and Inter-Abdominal Pressure
What is the importance of irradiation?
It amplifies the concentration of force on the joint being trained and suppresses motion in other compensatory parts of the body. For example you can just bend your elbow with minimal efforts. Or you can contract your fingers, fist, forearm and upper arm and feel as if your bicep curling a 50 lb weight just by utilizing internal tension. So by irradiating this kind of internal tension while working mobility drills and CARs, you're maximizing the most out of your efforts and time.
Kinstretch® Members: Watch this CARs Crash Tutorial for more!
Sir Charles Sherrington's Law of Irradiation*:
"A muscle working hard recruits the neighboring muscles, and if they are already part of the action it amplifies their strength. The neural impulses emitted by the contracting muscle reach other muscles and 'turn them on' as an electric current starts a motor"
*Sherrington C. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System.New Haven, UK: Yale University Press; 1947