The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is an anatomical perspective in which the underlying etiology of virtually every musculoskeletal injury (and many neurological and medical conditions as well) is considered to be comprised of one or more of six specific pathological alterations of the body’s connecting tissues (fascial bands, ligaments, tendons, retinacula, etc.). This model not only allows for strikingly effective manipulative treatments for diverse afflictions such as pulled muscles, fractures and frozen shoulders, but the results are objective, obvious, measurable and immediate.

When your body is injured or sending you pain signals then the fascia or connective tissues of the body have become involved on some level. Fascia is richly innervated and responsible for many of the “–itis” conditions commonly treated by health practitioners. For example, “tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylitis) becomes a series of distortions to be cleared rather than an inflammatory process.

FDM treatments are primarily hands on and can be considered “Deep Tissue” work in regards to the pressure and depth applied to the body during treatment. Treatments can include ironing out fascial seams, smoothing out fascial coils, reversing fascial transition zones on attachment points, minimizing protruding tissue through fascial planes, unfolding and refolding fascial folds and releasing fixated joints. The patient’s presentation along with the FDM assessment will dictate and identify the type of fascial distortion involved and the proper corrective technique will then be utilized.

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