Functional Cranial Release (FCR)

Functional Cranial Release (FCR) is the art and science of using an endonasal balloon inflation to correct dural tension or torque in the craniosacral system. Releasing dural tension helps improve cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) flow and help improve the brain’s ability to function better.

FCR was created by Dr. John Lieurance who currently practices in Sarasota, Florida. Dr Timothy Lim was personally trained by Dr John Lieurance and now offers FCR or Functional Cranial Release in Singapore. 

We have clients who fly in from all over the South East Asia and Oceania regions to receive FCR treatment. 

If you experience breathing difficulty, migraine, jaw pain that cannot be resolved with medical care. 

Dizziness & Breathing Issues

If your dizziness and difficulty to take deep breaths are of no known medical cause, you may want to consider getting it checked with us.

Functional Cranial Release Video

Difficulty breathing, sleep apnea, blocked sinus, balance issues 

FAQ for Functional Cranial Release

Most will feel perceived changes in the first and second treatment. Obvouisly, everyone respond differently.

Functional Cranial Release (FCR) first initial visit is scheduled to last about 15-30 minutes. Subsequently, each treatment is faster about 15min.

Endonasal balloons are inflated in the nostrils for a few seconds and deflated. Basically, the endonasal balloons are inserted through the nostril into the top of the throat through one of the six passageways one at a time.

The patient breathes through the mouth during the inflation. The inflating bulb is squeezed, pumping air into the balloon, and it puffs up in the nostril. As the air pressure in the balloon becomes greater, it presses outward against the bones inside the nose and upper throat. Eventually the pressure becomes great enough that the balloon forces its way into the top of the throat.

Most patient describe it as a very "strong stretch" for about 5-7 secs.

At that instant the bony joints of the head are gently shifted and adjusted open for a moment, and the tensions stored in the connective tissues surrounding those areas are released. The bone structures of the head now shift. The treatment unlocks the binding pattern in the skeletal system (rather like creating an earthquake), and the body begins shifting its pattern of stabilization

Absolutely! In fact, I will help you determine if you will benefit from adjustments first or FCR. Most patient benefit from a combination of both approaches.

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For instance, some people seek care because of a specific pain or area of trouble in their bodies. For them, they will stop treatment as soon as their problem becomes less apparent. With simple conditions like sinusitis, as few as 4-8 treatments may stop the sinus problems. With other conditions, like dystonia or severe spinal problems, treatment could last sixty treatments without exhausting the potential for continued optimal improvement.

Some have larger, less concrete goals when they receive therapy. If a person wishes to optimize their bodily functions or they have serious or complicated conditions affecting their health, treatment can be more of an open-ended situation; they can get treatments over the course of a longer time period.

Either of these plans can be right for the individual. Some people may even change their concepts as treatment progresses, and this is fine too. The nature of Functional Cranial Release (FCR) treatment, with its typically long lasting results, allows a person to stop treatment at almost any time (after the completion of each treatment sequence).

A person’s body changes at different rates–No two persons have the same identical body type. This is because people have different genetic forms and different life experiences. By the time people come to me for treatment, they are unique, individual structures.

In a way, people are like puzzles for me to untangle. Some puzzles are easier to solve than others, and some people’s bodies change more quickly than others. I never know how fast a person will change. I never know how much a person will move from a single treatment. I never know what tomorrow’s treatment will cause or require. I simply, continually release the obstructions in a person’s mechanical structure that prevents them from moving towards the ideal structure their body was designed to have, free of deformity of life’s traumas.

- Restores the brain’s ability to oxygenate itself through both improving air flow through the nasal passage and also the normal pumping action inherent in cranial rhythm that moves nutrients such as oxygen and neurotransmitters that bath the central nervous system keeping it healthy.

- Utilizes neurological testing to determine which pathways and brain centers are either firing too much or too little by testing the following; Examination of your eye’s movements and reflexes, your muscles or motor system, the autonomic nervous system, your circulation, your sensory system, the vestibular system (or) your ability to balance [repeatedly using a computerized balance platform]. Adjusting those pathways through the specific use of various modalities including one or more of the following; Very Specific Chiropractic Adjustments of the spine, extremities, and cranium, Soft Tissue or Massage, Eye Pattern & Eye Exercises, Canalith Repositioning (or) Eply’s, Vestibular Rehabilitative Modalities or VRT, and many others too numerous to list. The modalities used depend on the specific needs of each patient.

- A series of Cranial Releases are performed where the connective tissues that surround your brain and spinal cord called the Dura Mater are specifically released using endonasal balloon inflations. This is done in combination with the above mentioned functional neurologic modalities to provide the therapeutic effect to balance and normalize brain function. This normalization results in healing.

Functional Cranial Release targets the unstable, dysfunctional areas in the body and cranium and stabilizes those areas through manipulation of the sphenoid bone. Through optimal placement of the sphenoid bone, the rest of the body in turn becomes optimally balanced. The joints in your skull, face and jaw – of which there are over 30 – are innervated by pain fibers. That means that whenever a joint becomes compressed or locked, you may feel pain. You may feel the pain locally in your head, or it may radiate down your neck or into your face. What FCR tries to accomplish is to decompress and unlock the joints in the face and skull, thereby releasing the pain. This unlocking allows the connective tissues (including the meningeal system) to release their stored tensions and move the bony structures incrementally back towards the body’s original design.

An optimal, balanced head shape means that the head sits optimally on the spine, enabling the spine to retain its optimal shape instead of a distorted one. A straight spine with excellent posture means that areas for trigger points, muscular spasm, tightness and subluxation are greatly diminished if not eliminated.

Our brain and spinal cord are bathed in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This fluid acts as a cushion and a buffer to the brain and spinal cord, protecting them from injury. Cerebrospinal fluid is connected to our immune and lymph systems and it also removes waste products, drugs and other substances from the brain. In addition, CSF helps to transport hormones and neurotransmitters to different areas of the brain. If there is a compression or distortion in the skull, the flow of CSF can be compromised, leading to a buildup of metabolic waste products or a lack of neurotransmitters or hormones needed in a crucial area.

Many symptoms can result, ranging from fatigue and brain fog to anxiety. In some cases, depression and anxiety may not be an issue of insufficiency of particular hormones but actually a distribution issue, especially if accompanied by asymmetries in the skull and face. If we are able to create an optimal, round head shape by manipulation of the sphenoid bone, the flow of the CSF will be optimized, facilitating optimal waste removal and distribution of neurotransmitters.