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How Kinetic Chain Release Can Help Relieve Stress by Vikki Bowron

Vikki Bowron of Active Equilibrium is our in-house KCR practitioner.  I asked her to explain how KCR can help with stress and postural imbalances. 


“I am very excited to have the opportunity to bring Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) as well as baby massage to Banchory Chiropractic clinic.

For this months blog I am going to focus on Stress and in particular how KCR can be beneficial for those who are suffering from the condition.

Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. This can be useful in certain circumstances, for example when we are in danger, our adrenal glands release adrenaline and that is what makes us take the necessary action to keep us safe. However, if we are under continuous stress without a period of relaxation in between, we can start to experience many adverse effects both physically and psychologically.

It is no co-incidence that when we are feeling stressed we also start to pick up injuries, as no part of the body is immune to the effects of stress.

So how can KCR help?

Firstly, KCR brings the body back into balance using a series of gentle stretches and joint mobilisations, this eliminates many of the physical issues that can be experienced as a side effect of stress.

Secondly research has shown that stress affects the psoas muscle by shortening it, which pulls the body forward. A good psoas stretch can provide a great feeling of relief from stress.  These are also the muscles which house our digestive organs and a tight psoas can affect how well we digest food, as well as the comfort of our menstrual cycle. The psoas muscle is just one of the muscles that we work on during KCR.

On top of KCR I provide Connective Tissue Release treatment where required, this can be powerful for people who have been exposed to trauma or have experienced a highly stressful situation. Those who have experienced physical trauma can also feel the benefits from CTR.

I can provide advice on breathing techniques and a practice called Postural Energetics,  a practice that allows the body to reset itself and can be used as a very efficient self healing technique for various types of trauma.

I have a number of clients who have had great results with stress and insomnia but one to note – I had a client come to me who was taking some medication for depression after a period of prolonged stress. They came with the primary complaint of ligament damage in the foot. At the end of our session they sat up and I asked how they were feeling, the response was “I feel really really happy, like a weight has been lifted.” They left with increased mobility in that foot as well as a feeling of happiness and more control.  They are no longer taking medication and this has been my most rewarding experience with KCR so far.”


Felicity Rogers

Felicity graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic in 2007 upon completion of a BSC degree in Chiropractic and has been working as a Chiropractor in the UK for over 7 years.

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