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What is FR Treatment like?

Functional Range Release Technique F.R.

Functional Range Release is a revolutionary soft-tissue treatment and rehabilitation management system. The treatment system focuses on the assessment, localization, and systematic treatment of soft-tissue lesions (adhesions) and areas of fibrosis (scar tissue) which develop as a result of injury, repetitive strain, and cumulative trauma. This myofasical release technique simultaneously  assessing, expanding, and instantly strengthening the patient’s functional range of motion. 


The basic premise of the system is that the tissue which is responsible for limiting a person’s range of motion is not the muscle as is commonly believed.  Rather, motion is restricted due to the nervous system’s control of that muscle.  The nervous system’s central mechanism which controls muscle length contains a ‘stretch threshold’ which, when exceeded, triggers a stretch reflex causing the muscle to contract.  This threshold is set far beyond what is necessary to prevent injury.Therefore, while the potential for further movement exists, the central nervous system will not allow this movement to occur.

As a result, the range of motion display is not determined by the actual flexibility or extensibility of the muscle tissue itself, but rather is the ‘decision’ of the central nervous system. 


Every FR session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The FR provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

FR® certified practitioners utilize both passive care (soft tissue work, joint mobilization, etc), and active care (rehabilitation, exercise prescription, etc), these conditions can often be resolved permanently


How does F.R. differ from other methods?

The basic premise of Functional Range Release is the focus on influencing a person's central nervous system. It was previously widely believed that muscles were responsible for limiting a person's joint range of motion. Evidence now confirms that a person's central nervous system, which controls and governs muscle length/tension, has a much greater influence and control of a person's joint range of motion.

The principles of Functional Range Release focus on influencing the central nervous system to allow for greater joint range of motion, and strength/ 'functional range' within that expanded range of motion.No other soft tissue management system to date has the same focus.

Common Conditions Treatable with F.R. Technique :

  • Achilles Tendinosis/itis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Lateral Epicondylosis/itis (Tennis Elbow)

  • Medial Epicondylosis/itis (Golfer’s Elbow)

  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)

  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)

  • Rotator Cuff Teninosis/itis (shoulder pain or impingement)

  • Scar tissue

  • Shin Splints

  • Trigger Finger

  • Women’s Health (Post-Mastectomy and Caesarean Scarring)

  • Headache

  • Sciatica (lower back and leg pain)

  • Osteoarthritis

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