Clapham Osteopathy and Functional Movement

At Backs Etc., we utilise a variety of training methods to help our clients achieve their fitness goals. A few examples are:


kettlebell trainingKettlebells are weights shaped like a cannonball with a handle. It’s said that Kettlebells originated in Russia in the 18th century, where they were used primarily to weigh crops.

Kettlebell exercises build muscular strength and endurance, and can improve mobility and range of motion. They are different from many other forms of weight training in that they tend to engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real world activities such as shovelling or farm work. Hence they are popular in functional fitness training.

Also, kettlebell exercises often involve large numbers of repetitions, elevating the heart rate for effective cardiovascular training. The combination of working multiple muscles simultaneously for longer periods of time with short breaks in between makes the exercises partially aerobic and more similar to high-intensity interval training than to traditional weight lifting.  They can be a very effective way of adding weight to a home exercise program as they don’t take up much space and a whole body workout can be created with just one or two different kettlebells. 

Functional Range Conditioning®

functional range conditioningDeveloped by musculoskeletal expert Dr. Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning® is a comprehensive joint training system based on scientific principles and research. There are 3 main goals when training using FRC® system:

Mobility Development:

Mobility refers to the amount of active, usable motion that one possesses. The more mobile a person is, the more they are able to maximise their movement potential safely, efficiently, and effectively. This is different from flexibility which can include uncontrolled ranges of movement. regularly taking joints into these uncontrolled end ranges can lead to pain and injury so learning how to control your joints is essential.  This particularly important if you have any form of hypermobility in your joints.

Joint Strength:

While improving mobility and movement potential, the FRC® system also acts to safeguard your joints so that movement can be executed safely.

Body Control:

Training with FRC® improves the function of your nervous system. This can lead to a reduction of pain and injury, joint health and longevity, as well as an increased ability to move freely and easily.

Suspension Training

TRX trainingCreated by Navy SEALs, suspension training utilises a system of ropes and webbing to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

Placing either the hands or feet in the stirrups, a wide variety of bodyweight exercises can be performed.
Suspension training can offer assistance to people who may struggle with certain bodyweight exercises such as squats, but can also create more challenging versions of some familiar favourites such as pushups by forcing even further engagement of core muscles. Therefore, it is an effective method for training at all levels of ability.