KCR – Kinetic Chain Release

What is KCR?
The Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) Protocol was developed by Hugh Gilbert PT. KCR is a unique sequence of joint mobilizations, tissue work, and stretches that bring about postural changes, improved musculo-skeletal alignment and relief from joint, back and neck pain. KCR directly addresses what’s known as allostatic load. Allostatic load is the physiological consequences of exposure to repeated or chronic stress. KCR aims to reverse these physiological changes and ultimately reset the ability to cope with stress.

Who can benefit from KCR?
KCR can help alleviate many problems including: weak ankles, knee problems, hip pain, pelvic discomfort, lower back and sciatic pain, shoulder and neck pain, TMJ, headaches and sleeplessness. KCR treatments can address these health and musculo-skeletal issues by improving physical alignment and balance while simultaneously releasing points of stored stress and tension. Energy levels will increase dramatically once your body is in balance and allostatic load is relieved.

What happens during a KCR session?
Unlike massage, KCR is conducted while you are fully clothed and on top of the table, rather than under a blanket. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in, such as yoga clothes, t-shirt, shorts, gym pants, etc. The joint mobilizations and stretches follow a specific protocol that starts at your feet and works up to your head. KCR does not hurt, though you may experience slight discomfort with one or two mobilizations. If you are experiencing lower back and sciatic pain, then one of the steps of the protocol may cause discomfort until the tension is released. This is normal, and your therapist will adjust the treatment as much as possible in consideration of your comfort.

What should I do after my KCR session?
Immediately after treatment you should drink a glass of water and continue to drink water for the rest of the day. Specific daily stretches will help sustain the benefits of KCR and you will be shown these stretches as part of your KCR session.

How many sessions will I need?
On average most people need 2-5 sessions to improve postural alignment and relieve back pain and other ailments. Maintenance sessions may be needed every 1 to 3 months. Some people who are prone to back pain and/or those who place intense demand on their bodies may require more regular KCR.

Who should not have KCR?
• Pregnant women and until 6 weeks after giving birth.
• Children younger than 5 years old.
• Anyone suffering from Osteogenesis imperfecta.