The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is based on the assessment of six different distortions or problems that can occur within the body’s connective tissues, known as fascia. After finding the distortion within the body, the physician then applies a hands-on therapy involving pressure and movement to realign fascia.
Fascia is the soft connective tissue that encases everything from muscles and nerves to bones and blood vessels. It is like a densely woven spiderweb that simultaneously connects, separates and stabilizes the body. It carries fluids through all parts of the body that eventually drain into the lymph system.
There are three types of fascia (superficial, deep and visceral) located in different parts of the body. Superficial fascia is found in the dermis or skin layer; deep fascia surrounds muscles, nerves, bones and blood vessels; and visceral fascia wraps the organs and keeps them in place. Treatments will vary based on the type of fascial distortion.
Fascial distortions are fascia that have moved out of place. When the fascial distortions are treated and corrected, the symptoms resolve and the patient is pain-free.
There are six main types of fascial distortions:
Most acute musculoskeletal issues can be improved by applying the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) treatments. Chronic issues can also benefit but may take longer to resolve.