Functional Range Release technique, or FR® Release is an advanced, and comprehensive system of musculoskeletal assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation utilised by leading manual medical practitioners and therapists around the world including Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Registered/Licensed Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Osteopaths, Athletic Trainers, Medical Doctors, etc.
Unlike many manual therapy systems which are created based on trial and error and passed down over the years, FR® Release was created out of the most current scientific literature. It therefore represents a cohesive system of manual care using the best evidence, and most effective strategies currently available to assess, diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate musculoskeletal disorders, pain, and movement dysfunction.
What types of conditions can be managed by FR Release®
The FR® system has been successfully utilised to manage a wide variety of injuries and dysfunctions in various populations. This includes problems affecting any and all bodily tissues such as muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, joints, etc.
Conditions commonly treated using this system include spinal pain (low back, neck), headache, shoulder impingement, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, tennis or golfers elbow, sciatica, knee pain, osteoarthritis, and many more. Further, because FR® certified practitioners utilise both passive care (soft tissue work, joint mobilisation, etc), and active care (rehabilitation, exercise prescription, etc), these conditions can often be resolved permanently
How is the FR® Release system different from other forms of soft tissue therapy?
Functional Range Release® technique is a comprehensive system of soft tissue assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation that was designed using the most current scientific knowledge to ensure the highest quality care. FR® does not only function to treat injuries, it is also used to improve the quality of a persons movement, as well as to promote joint health and longevity.
Certified Functional Range Release® practitioners underwent extensive training in soft tissue palpation, treatment, and rehabilitation. This included a detailed look at the scientific literature pertaining to tissue health and injury.
Further, instructors of the FR® system were hand picked based on their knowledge of anatomic structure, functional anatomy, and manual skill. They are at the forefront of the current research regarding health care, injury management, and performance training. Many of them are active researchers in the fields of manual medicine and physical conditioning, as well as instructors, and/or lecturers at their respective educational institutions.
What is an FR® treatment like?
Manual therapists trained in the FR® system will first take a comprehensive health history in order to better understand not only your specific problem, but also to learn about how your body currently functions. Following this, the practitioner will utilise their hands in attempts to feel (or “palpate”) where the problematic tissues are as well as to define the problem specifically. How well this is done will usually dictate the effectiveness of any treatment protocol utilised.
FR® providers are masters at the art of palpation as their training included instruction in the most complete palpation system available. They are therefore very efficient and effective at specifically locating, and defining your problem, which then translates into a better ability to apply the necessary treatment interventions.
Once the abnormal tissue is located and defined, FR® practitioners will utilise specific manual release protocols to correct the problem. This will include reducing abnormal tissue tension, improving healing, increasing range of motion/flexibility, reducing pain, and improving function. In addition to this manual treatment, they will teach you take home exercises specific to your particular condition that will expedite the healing process and ensure that the problem does not recur.
Beyond this, FR® practitioners can continue to work with you to help maintain good joint health and an active.