Functional Active Release

Functional Active Release (FAR) Explained By Developer Robin Lansman


Functional Active Release (F A R) encourages:

  • Hands on dynamic focal release of chronically shortened and ischaemic muscle – postural muscles as well as those that has been contracted due to past injury.
  • Ability for patients to keep control of any discomfort during treatment whilst regaining awareness of body joint and muscular function.
  • Reducing the risk of damage to tissues during treatment whilst allowing deep stretch and keeping the patient communicating with the practitioner throughout treatment steps.


Benefits to the patient:

  • Re-learning function patterns – after injury.
  • Re-education muscle groups – after disuse.
  • Re-integration of  joint and muscle function after joint surgery.
  • Reduce Psychological helplessness by fully incorporating patients with their treatment session.
  • Feedback during treatment helps guide and make treatment individual.
  • Effective in the quickest time with lasting effects when combined with Prescribed exercise.

For Patients: Robin Lansman’s Step by Step approach to Biomechanical Assessment – Hands-on treatment with FAR.
Used on a daily basis when treating patients at his clinics in Maidenhead & London Maida Vale W9

For Patients seeking help: Robin Lansman D.O.
Designing treatment & stretches to suit your needs combined with FAR • Older patients who want to stay fit • Desk bound office staff •
Performance Sports for Strength Flexibility & Stability • Recreational Sports

  • Robin Lansmans’ methods can help improve your Sports performance.
  • Help to release deep postural stiffness and muscles that cannot be activated effectively using FAR.
  • Stretch using an individualised stretching programme that works in ‘3D’.
  • Help avoid injury.
  • Enhance your self-monitoring to help you know when to get treatment.
  • Assessment & treatment schedule that works for you.
  • Prescriptive Stretching.
  • Incorporating combining “muscle” chain theory for effective self help.
  • Functional Active Release – deep effective and lasting improvement.


For Healthcare Professionals & Athletes & Sports Coaches working with musculo-skeletal dysfunction:
One day Workshops 
For Future Workshop Dates & Venues in LONDON UK  please contact us or mail

Reference & Research portfolio:

Effect of Hamstring Flexibility on Hip and Lumbar Spine Joint Excursions During Forward-Reaching Tasks in Participants With and Without Low Back Pain
Erica N Johnson, DPT, James S Thomas, Phd, PT
Arch Phys Med Rehabil Vol 91, July 2010
Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2010;91:1140-2
Stance, width and bar load effects on Leg muscle activity during the parallel Squat. 
McCaw ST; Melrose DR Med Sci Sports Exerc, 31(3): 428-36 1999 Mar
Biomechanics of the knee during closed kinetic chain and open kinetic chain exercises
Escamilla RF; Fleisig GS; Zheng N; Barrentine SW; Wilk KE; Andrews JR Med Sci Sports Exerc, 30(4):556-69 1998 Apr
Chandler TJ and Stone MH. (1991) The squat exercise in athletic conditioning: a review of the literature. NSCA Journal. 13(5): 58-60
Introduction of a pyramid guiding process for general musculoskeletal physical rehabilitation
Timothy W Stark*
Address: Health Sciences Division, School of Chiropractic, Murdoch University, South Street, Murdoch, Western Australia
Adolescent musculoskeletal injuries in a football academy
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery – British Volume, Vol 89-B, Issue 1, 5-8.
Doi: 10.1302/0301-620X, 89B1.18427
2007 by British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery
Is there a relationship between balance, gait performance and muscular strength in 75-year-old women?
Age and Ageing 1999; 28: 289-293                       © 1999, British Geriatrics Society
Karin Ringsberg, Paul Gerdhem, Jonas Johansson, Karl J Obrant

Department of Orthopaedics, Malmö University Hospital, S-205 02 Malmö,

Manual muscle testing and postural imbalance
Dynamic Chiropractic, Nov 15, 2000 by Christensen, Kim
Squats: A Functional Assessment of Movement
Dynamic Chiropractic, Dec 3, 2006 by Tucker, Jeffrey H
Stretching: as good as they say?
·        The CDC found no significant association between stretching and a reduction in total injuries
·        Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2004; 36: 4.
·        Trans Orthop Res Soc, 1989; 14:294
Comprehensive warm-up programme to prevent injuries in young female footballers: cluster randomised controlled trial
BMJ medical publication of the year
Published 9 December 2008, doi: 10.1136/bmj.a2469
Warm-up programmes in sport
John H M Brooks and Samuel J Erith
BMJ 2008 337:a2381
Exercises to prevent lower limb injuries in youth sports – Cluster randomised controlled trial
Odd-Egil Olsen, Grethe Myklebust, Lars Engebretsen, Ingar Holme, and Roald Bahr
BMJ 2005 330:449.
Squatting Exercises in Older Adults: Kinematic and Kinetic Comparisons
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 35(4): 635-643, April 2003. FLANAGAN
2003 The American College of Sports Medicine
Does stretching help prevent injuries? Ian Shrier
A systematic and critical review of the literature. Clin J
Sports Med 2004; 14:267-273
Depression Among Athletes Goes Unreported – Sports Physiology Essay
Is activation of Transversus Abdominis and Obliquus Internus Abdominis associated with long-term changes in chronic low back pain? A prospective study with 1-year follow-up
Monica Unsgaard-Tendel, Tom Ivar Lund Nilsen, Jon Magnussen, et al.
British Journal of Sports Medicine 2012 46: 729-734 originally published online July 26 2011
  Research Paper Supervision for undergraduates at the British School of Osteopathy by Robin Lansman
Research Paper 2004
Title: Can ischaemia of the quadriceps muscles be a factor in knee pain in runners?
Author:T K Barnes
Research Paper 2008
Title: Yoga’s Role in Pain Management: A Narrative Review
Author: Juliette Baysham
Research Paper 2009
Title: Fear-avoidance Beliefs of 3rd and 4th Year BSO Students
Author: Jessica Ellerton BA (Hons)
Research Paper 2009 
Title: Do foot orthotics relieve symptoms experienced by osteopathic patients?
Author: Parveen Wariabharaj
Title: Muscle Chains & Trigger Points by Phillippe Richter & Eric Hebden, published by Thieme
Title: Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers


Healthcare Professionals Workshop Testimonials

“I was on your course on the 26th Jan.  I thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking course and would love to learn more about this technique. I´ve been practicing FAR over the last 2 weeks with some great results.  It´s too soon for me to evaluate the difference in results between my ST techniques versus FAR, however there is no doubt that FAR is more practical and easier on the hands. I would love to learn more about this invaluable technique.  I feel that a 1 day course is simply not enough. Thank you for introducing this concept to me.”   UK trained Osteopath practising in Spain

“Very good, plenty of good ideas!”

“Lots of thoughts on how to assess people properly and to get the most of examination and ideas to guide future treatment”

“If there was an issue, the day wasn’t really long enough to pick up all the ideas and having an opportunity to put them into practice”

“I found the course very interesting”

“Robin’s way of looking at the body was very interesting and provided good ideas about how to assess, examine and treat problems!”

“I’m here to get a new look at examination”.

“This has been very valuable”

“Thank you!”


Body Back-Up Patient Testimonials

“This year I was determined to run a half-marathon. I trained conscientiously, but as my distance increased so did the pain, which started out as a niggle in my ankle, until it affected my whole leg. A week before the Big Day I had to stop running altogether and so I missed my target and was bitterly disappointed. After an enforced rest period of a few weeks I started a new with my sights on another local half-marathon, but this time, fearing a repeat of what happened before, I went to see Robin. He soon found the cause of my problem. It wasn’t my leg, it was my back! In that first session he treated my back and taught me exercises to do at home. I even found I could touch my toes – the first time for many months. I left my appointment feeling optimistic and very pleased. The next day I started my training regime, and to my delight found that not only could I run without a twinge in my leg, but that I could go faster and further! One more session with Robin consolidated my previous treatment and not long after that the half-marathon day arrived. I’m pleased to report that not only did I get round with no pain, but I finished having done a personal best! Thank you Robin!”

“My first visit to Body Back-Up must be some 10 – 12 years ago. I had been experiencing for some time, pain and stiffness in my lower back when my doctor referred me to Robin Lansman. After an examination and my first treatment I was informed that my problem was mainly due to stiff joints, also my pelvis was out of alignment. I had a few more treatments and subsequently my problem has been resolved. I see Robin every six months for a general check-up / maintenance which helps to keep me flexible. Occasionally I need a treatment in between when I feel my back is ceasing up or my muscles have gone into spasm and usually just one treatment proves beneficial. I feel confident and secure in knowing that whenever I have a back problem I know Robin can sort it out for me. I have recommended several of my friends and the feedback I get is always positive”.

 T.O.S. Post Graduate Workshop Feedback

‘Well balanced theory and practical teaching which was engaging and dynamic in style. The lecturer Robin Lansman was interested and passionate about the subject! “
Comment from Osteopath Emma Hann

“Lots of good techniques and course was delivered in a very useful and practical way.”
Comment by Osteopath Tracey Jones

“Robin Lansman is very confident and doesn’t waffle or stray from the point.”
Comment by Osteopath Frances

“Very helpful for my professional development! The course made me realise that sometimes getting stuck on specific tests for specific muscles is limiting and the process of diagnosis and treatment can be more organic but still structural.”
Comment by Osteopath Lisa Gibbs

“I have attended a lot of physio based workshops on the shoulder so it was good to learn a good osteopathic-based approach to exercise.”

“A brilliant lecturer, who was very clear and interesting. I will be attending Robin Lansman’s Functional Active Release F.A.R. lecture next month!”

“A fresh approach, with new treatment techniques and exercises – An excellent day.”

“Many more techniques and stretches / exercises than I expected to take away and use.”

“Some excellent new approaches.”