About Functional Cranial Release

Understanding the brain and nervous system is at the core of many health challenges is crucial in understanding why fCR works so well on so many health challenges. Your brain and nervous system control every aspect of your body’s response to stress, like mental stress, emotional stress, structural stress, toxic stress, and even infections.

By balancing your brain you balance your body’s response to stress and it’s environment.

“The Nervous System Controls and Coordinates all the Systems of the Body and Relates the Individual to Their Environment” Gray’s Anatomy, 24th edition, pg.46

Functional Cranial-Release is the art and science of restoring normal brain and nervous system function by using Functional Neurology along with NeuroCranial Restructuring to accomplish the following:

1) Restore the brains ability to oxygenate itself through both improving air flow into higher area’s through the nasal passage and also improve the normal pumping action inherent in all of use (cranial rhythm) that moves nutrients such as oxygen and neurotransmitters that bath the central nervous system keeping it healthy.

2) Utilize neurologic testing to determine the pathways and brain centers that are either firing to much or firing too little using the following; Use of the C.A.P.S. Balance Plate for brain function. Examination of your eye’s movements and reflex’s, your muscles or motor system, the autonomic nervous system, your circulation, your sensory system, the vestibular system (or) your ability to balance [many times using a computerized balance platform]. Through the specific use of various modalities such as one or more of the following; Very Specific Chiropractic Adjustments of the spine, extremities, and cranium, Soft Tissue or Massage, Eye Pattern & Eye Exercise’s,  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 the patient.

3) A series Cranial Release’s 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.

Click on one of the bolos buttons to see more information and videos’ on how FCR works on various conditions.

Exercise With Oxygen Therapy

When prescribed the use of E.W.O.T. or exercise with oxygen therapy is used to further drive the brains ability to heal. This healing is done through a process called neuroplasticity which is your brains ability to grow new connections. This process is primarily limited by oxygen supply. By enhancing oxygen supply you enhance your ability to heal, and live a rich and full life.


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Watch this demonstration of FCR being performed.


Here is a video demonstrating FCR with a Vertigo and Migraine Patient.

What others are saying about FCR.

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How FCR was Born.

For the last 11 years I have been utilizing cranial therapy in my clinic since my first introduction to the use of endonasal balloons in 1999 by Dean Howell, ND and my own miracle. I was on a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea. I was diagnosed a few years prior and found it difficult to breath through my nose since an injury to my face/nose in 1989. I never imagined that this alteration in the structure of my face could be reversed with out painful surgery. It was literally less than a 5 minute procedure and my breathing was more open than I can ever remember. This wasnt the only benefit I felt, I also felt calm and centered, my vision was sharper and I started sleeping more soundly than before and my chronic neck pain was disapeared!

I also was exposed to Dr. Westin Price’s work and his observations that cranial structure changes based on environmental influences. It seems that we are all suffering from a inward collapse of our skull structure. See my post on Westin Price for more about this.

After learning about cranial structure at depth my mission was to learn as much as I could about the science behind this art of cranial adjusting as well as all the different methods from medical, naturopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic professions. I found many “so called experts” used various techniques they felt where the only way but didn’t find any instructors that could really explain why what they did was working that I could buy into. I knew the answer would only be in neurology. I also knew that if I could have a deeper understanding of the function of neurology I could have better clinical outcomes. That brought me to my current pursuit of a Fellowship in Neurology through the Carrick Institute of Neurological Sciences.  The focus within Professor Carrick’s  curriculum was Functional Neurology. Not just understanding the brain and nervous system but understanding it in depth and learning tools that can create immediate changes that many neurologist take as permanent states of disease. It was here that many of my questions where answered!

This has brought me to where I am now and I continue to explore both endo-nasal balloon cranial adjusting along with Functional Neurology. FCCRI now conducts clinical studies to refine and demonstrate all the ways that FCR can improve brain function and health. I have developed  a system of treatment that I now teach to Medical Dental and Chiropractic physicians internationally. Please see Doctors Training to find out our treatment schedule for 2015.


Yours in Health,

John Lieurance, D.C.