1. What is KCR
Kinetic Chain Release is a simple yet extremely effective system of Medically recognized and approved, gentle joint mobilizations and stretches, that when performed in a specific and consistent manner, brings the physical body back into balance quickly and easily, frequently providing a high degree of relief and even instant resolution in many cases from the pain and discomfort caused by conditions such as:
“Chronic Back Pain; Fibromyalgia; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Migraine Headaches; Scoliosis; Teeth Clenching/grinding; Snoring/Sleep Apnea; Bloating; Tennis(golfer’s) Elbow; Behavioral Disorders in Children; Weak(frequently sprained) Ankles; Chronic Knee Problems; Breathing difficulty; Chronic neck pain: Plantar Fasciitis; Chronic Stress; Menstrual Pain; Tired Shoulders; recurrent hamstring issues; recurrent groin strain; Tight Calves; Insomnia; Wrist pain and weakness; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD); I.B.S.; Crohn’s Disease; Concussion and more.”
All of the mobilizations involved in KCR have been subject to robust scrutiny and study for at least 35 years, so there is NO risk inherent by lack of such studies.
This simple procedure has revolutionized physical rehabilitation globally in a complete paradigm shift, often achieving successful and lasting results in one treatment in many people where all other forms of intervention had previously proven unsuccessful.
Also, if you are an Athlete, of any age or commitment level, desiring Improved Performance then the balancing effect of KCR on your body will provide GUARANTEED improvement!
2. Who created it?
Kinetic Chain Release was developed and refined over the last 36 years by a Scottish Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist), Hugh Gilbert, and, in its development delivered to his caseload in his various Private Practices in Calgary, Canada.[KCR (plus CTR and P.E.) are registered as Hugh’s Intellectual Property.]
Hugh is still an actively registered Physiotherapist with 48 years of clinical experience.
3. How many trained KCR Therapists are there currently?
As of August 2017 there are around 1200 trained KCR Practitioners Internationally, including a data base of over 900, and around 70% of those are practicing in Scotland, with others in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Hawaii, Argentina, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, South Africa and beyond.
4. What conditions does KCR cure?
We make absolutely NO claims to cure or diagnose any medical condition.
“The role of a KCR Practitioner is simply to apply a unique protocol, that is specifically crafted to bring the human body into improved balance, using fully recognised, medically accepted components.
Please be clearly aware that KCR Practitioners do NOT “treat” or “cure” specific medical conditions (unless otherwise medically qualified to do so).
Our platform, simply stated, is that, “When the Human Body is brought into a more balanced alignment, then many physical ailments (and more) appear to consistently improve and often resolve completely.”
Hugh Gilbert, Physiotherapist and KCR Founder/ Developer.
5. Are there different levels of skill in KCR Practitioners?
Yes. Those who have taken only KCR 1 are more than well equipped to handle the requirements of the vast majority of clients, and will generally do EXCELLENT work.
Those who have taken more levels will obviously be better equipped theoretically to serve their clients.
Many have now gone on to become Approved Practitioners, where they have to take an adequate recording of their work, plus outcomes, by sending me 6 examples. They further have to provide a character reference and proof of Insurance for KCR. Then they have to see me in person and demonstrate their KCR delivery for my approval. This ensures at least some level of monitoring the work. Their Approved Certification is required to be renewed annually.
Beyond that, 40 more of my Therapists, all already Approved Practitioners, have volunteered to submit their work for Professional Peer Review by FOTO (www.fotoinc) under the umbrella of my Organisation, which clearly shows that their work is of the highest standard . (see the chart of FOTO results under the heading of the next question)
6. How is the effectiveness of KCR professionally and independently monitored on an ongoing basis?
“Please LOOK at these Peer Reviewed Statistics for the last 12 months. FOTO (www.fotoinc.com) are the Gold Standard Outcome Measurement (Physiotherapy Research Monitored) Statistics in the USA (also Canada), each quarter tells you the number of cases my group submitted – how many treatments they say we should have taken “predicted”, and then, “actual” shows how many treatments we actually took to resolve the patient’s condition.
These results speak for themselves.
We are currently recognised as the # 1 treatment in North America by a very long distance.
KCR is changing Healthcare dramatically and permanently. (I currently have 40 Practitioners voluntarily paying monthly to be monitored by FOTO under my corporate umbrella).
7. Are there any contra indications to giving KCR?
a. Advanced Osteoporosis.
b. Hydrocephalic infants.
c. Pregnancy (in the last two trimesters),
d. Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
e. Recent stroke or similar neurological disturbance. (usually do not treat with KCR for a year to see if there is a possible re occurrence, however, if asked to deliver KCR before that time frame, the KCR Therapists are instructed to check with the individual’s physician for permission before proceeding.).
g. All Therapists are CLEARLY instructed that if he/she is in ANY doubt whether they should or should not deliver KCR to a particular scenario, then they are ALWAYS to contact me first (as a Physiotherapist) for my approval before proceeding.
8. How much is a KCR session on average?
This obviously varies according to location, demographics etc and therefore can vary considerably. However, from what I can gather, it would appear that £40 to £55 is becoming the rough average here in Scotland at this time, which is well in line with what other professionals are charging locally. (as the benefits of KCR become more and more apparent to all, then that price will probably rise exponentially)
9. How long is a KCR session?
The duration clearly depends on the level of care required to keep each client within his or her comfort and safety zone. This seems to average out at around 45 to 50 minutes, but can be done in as little as 15 minutes or take as long as an hour, as a general rule of thumb.
10. Are KCR Therapists recognised as Practitioners or as Clinicians?
A Practitioner is an individual who delivers a service. A Clinician is an individual who will assess and diagnose conditions as well as treat them. Our Therapists do NOT diagnose, ever, (unless otherwise professionally qualified to do so) therefore they are clearly to be recognised and referred to as Practitioners.
11. Will my insurance pay for my KCR session?
Again, there are so many variables in today’s healthcare systems that we cannot begin to give you a definitive response to this question. All we can do is issue a receipt and it is up to you, the individual , to submit for possible re imbursement.
12. How do I find a KCR Therapist in my locality?
We only advertise those KCR Therapists on the website who are certified as Approved Practitioners, or, even beyond that, FOTO monitored Approved Practitioners. While there are many more excellent KCR therapists who are not Accredited, I have no means of monitoring their effectiveness or professionalism, therefore I cannot fully endorse them objectively.
To find a “local” therapist, log into this website to “Find a Practitioner”, a Global map will appear. Move the map to focus on your country, then register your Postcode and set the map to show locations of any KCR Therapists within a preset radius.
13. Can I become a KCR Practitioner?
The beautiful simplicity of this protocol which combines a series of simple and safe mobilizations and stretches, makes it easy for anyone to learn. There is no pre-requisite, other than minimal age of 16 and preferably a good grasp of the English Language.
Anyone including Health-workers, Body-workers, Teachers, Parents, Athletes, Sports enthusiasts, Chronic Pain sufferers can and should learn KCR.
“I have taught everyone from Teachers, Nurses, Physicians, Medical Consultants /Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths, Orthodontists, Dentists, Massage Therapists, Nurses, Personal Trainers, Reiki Masters, Chemists and Engineers to Nail Technicians, Office workers, Beauticians, Stonemasons, Scientists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Recovered Addicts, High School and University Students, Stay at Home Mums, Olympic and Professional Athletes, all levels of Amateur Athletes and more to safely improve their own wellbeing and help those they love.” – Hugh.
14. Can I claim CEU/CPD credits for KCR training?
This is something you would have to ask your governing body. For examples, KCR is currently fully recognised for CEU’s/ CPD’s by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK); R.E.P.S. (personal trainers in UK) and The Scottish Massage Therapy Association here in the UK, also now in the USA by NCBTMB .
15. How do I register for upcoming workshops?
Click on the link in the website for registration into upcoming workshops, select the one you wish to register for, fill out the intake form and make payment (options are explained).
16. Will I be permitted to practice KCR in my County / Province / State / Country?
As we are an International Organisation now, we cannot say whether local rules, regulations and scope of practice etc will permit you to perform KCR. There are, as you can well imagine, a plethora of different scenarios out there right now around the world. It is up to YOU to check if it is a viable option for you in your location.
17. Can I get insurance liability coverage for KCR?
Yes. There are now quite a few Insurance Companies who will provide Insurance for KCR as a stand alone modality or can easily be added to our students existing coverage, if they already have a blanket policy (like Physios and Massage Therapists).
We have further negotiated a group rate with one company in the UK to date.
- KCR can reduce Health Care costs by millions of pounds / dollars annually.
- Everyone can receive and benefit from KCR from the very young to the aged.
- KCR can bring the body back into balance, alleviating problems such as weak ankles, knee problems, hip and joint pain, pelvic discomforts, back, shoulder and neck pain, TMJ, and headaches.
- Energy levels will increase dramatically when the body is in balance!
Some of the benefits of KCR include:
- Allows your Body to Return to Balance
- Gentle, Non-Invasive, Safe for All Ages
- Relief from Chronic Pain
- Increased Energy Levels
- Guaranteed Sports Improvement
- KCR can reduce Health Care costs by millions of pounds / dollars annually
- Everyone can receive and benefit from KCR from the very young to the aged
- KCR can bring the body back into balance, alleviating problems such as weak ankles, knee problems, hip and joint pain, pelvic discomforts, back, shoulder and neck pain, TMJ, and headaches
- Energy levels will increase dramatically when the body is in balance