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Functional Range Release®

Functional Range Release® (FR) is for people looking for relief from joint and muscle injuries. Whether these injuries are acute or chronic in nature, FR® helps you make a quick recovery. But it is also for people looking for the best solution who don't know where to turn.

FR® is a form of manual medicine that includes assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. It focuses on finding and removing scar tissue (adhesions) in muscles and joints that may cause limited range of motion, pain, or improper joint mechanics.


Our Chiropractor, Dr. Spenser Dougley, has been a fully certified Functional Range Release® practitioner since 2013. He uses FR® to treat a variety of conditions and problems with great success. So, whether you are an elite athlete, suffer from chronic pain, or have suffered a recent injury, FR® helps you recover quickly.

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  • Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?
    No, if you feel you would benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, you can call anytime to book your appointment.
  • I’ve had physiotherapy before, and I was left in a room with a machine on and told to do my exercises myself. Is this the type of treatment you provide?
    Our physiotherapy sessions are in a private setting with a licensed physiotherapist. We use various techniques that do include machines, but your therapist conducts treatment sessions, and you are never left alone. We might provide home exercises, but you receive complete instructions on all exercises given to you.
  • How long do physiotherapy appointments typically last?
    Your first appointment lasts 1 hour, and follow-up visits last 30 minutes. During these sessions, you spend the time one-on-one with your Physiotherapist.
  • Can you direct my bill to my insurance company?
    Unfortunately we do not direct bill to insurance. We will be able to provide you with a receipt that has all the details needed to submit to your insurance. It is also essential to check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage for physiotherapy.
  • How many times will I need to have FR?
    It depends on the nature of the condition being treated, but most people see significant results within the first 6-8 visits. If scar tissue has formed from an injury that happened a long time ago or from chronic overuse, then sometimes it can take longer. An FR provider will be able to assess the problem accurately and provide each patient with a prognosis.
  • Can you use FR on athletes?
    Yes! FR is a great technique that is utilized by many top professional sports teams. It can be used to help athletes heal from injuries or it can also be used to help prevent injuries. Pro sports teams employ medical staff trained in FR so that they can ensure their athletes stay in peak physical condition.
  • How does it work?
    FR treatments target scar tissue (adhesions) that can build up in muscles when they are injured or overused. FR providers use hands on treatments to break up or release the scar tissue so that the muscle can heal properly. Scar tissue can cause pain, loss of range of motion or wear and tear on the nearby joint if it is not treated and removed.
  • What is FR (in layman's terms)?
    Functional Range Release (FR) is a system of diagnosing and treating joint and muscle problems. It is a hands on technique used by Chiropractors and Physiotherapists to treat muscle tension and scar tissue (adhesions). Scar tissue and muscle tension can develop in almost anyone, especially after an injury, after surgery or due to chronic stress or overuse of a muscle or joint. In the last 10 years, FR techniques have been taught to the medical staff of many pro level athletic teams, but you don't need to be an athlete to benefit from FR. It is used by Chiropractors and Physiotherapists to treat people of all ages for various aches, pains or conditions of the muscles or joints.
  • How are FR practitioners certified?
    FR providers learn the technique over the course of several seminars that are 22 hours in length each. There are 3 regions of the body to learn for a total of 66 hours of learning before they are a full body certified FR provider. However, if only one region of the body has been learned, an FR provider can perform the techniques on that region. The regions are spine, upper extremity and lower extremity. In addition to the FR seminars, providers can also take additional courses that provide more in depth instructions regarding examination / diagnosis and rehabilitation / exercise. These are important components of everyone's recovery and are part of each patient's experience with FR.
  • What conditions is it most effective for?
    FR is effective for all kinds of conditions. If it hurts, feels stiff or sore, FR can most likely help. FR is used to treat all kinds of injuries ranging from severe to minor. The following is a list of common conditions that can benefit from FR: ✔️Whiplash ✔️Headaches / migraines ✔️Neck pain / tension ✔️Low back pain ✔️Sciatica ✔️Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ✔️Shoulder impingement ✔️Rotator Cuff injuries ✔️Golfer's Elbow ✔️Tennis Elbow ✔️Arthritis (Osteoarthritis) ✔️Knee sprains / strains ✔️Ankle sprains / Strains ✔️Plantar Fasciitis In addition to the conditions listed above, FR can also be used to help patients who are recovering from surgeries. The techniques can help improve range of motion and help with proper healing.
  • Who benefits from FR?
    Functional Range Release® (FR) is for people looking for relief from joint and muscle injuries. Whether these injuries are acute or chronic in nature, FR® helps you make a quick recovery. But it is also for people looking for the best solution who don't know where to turn, or for those who are not getting the relief they are looking for from their current course of therapy.
  • Can you use FR on children?
    Yes! FR is safe and effective to use on anyone of any age. FR providers are trained to use appropriate pressure when treating their patients, and can adapt their technique for any body size or level of comfort.
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