Fascial Distortion Model (FDM®) is a treatment model (not a technique) that addresses musculoskeletal complaints and soft tissue injuries. These are viewed and treated with one of six or a combination of the six distortions.

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Investigation * Confirmation * Annihilation

Catchy motto, but it's legit.

A good investigative assessment is crucial for any effective treatement. Fascial Distortion Model excels in this regard. As expected, the mechanism of injury is taken into account. Specific movements that are causing pain and or restrictions will be performed. Orthopedic tests will be used as needed. 

Yeah.... what's so special, right? This is pretty much every evaluation. I said it excels and I don't usually steer you wrong, true?

Fascial Distortion Model is laser focused on the client's verbal language AND body language. The words used and the unconscious movements made signal the practitioner what type(s) of alteration(s) are happening within the body.

Confirmation happens naturally as the client is treated. If the investigation lead you to the wrong distortion, it's straight up user error. What do I mean by that? Once the treatment is applied, there should be objective change. Increased range of motion, fluidity of motion, speed of motion should show change. If it doesn't, the practitioner likely missed something and will need to reassess.

If the investigation and confirmation are on point, enter annihilation. 

Annihilation is a good thing?

FDM is performed at an incredibly precise depth. It works with the tensions in your tissues and within your limitations. 

It hurts so good.

I'll clarify that statement. It is NOT causing tissue damage. Leaving the therapist's office bruised and battered is never a good thing. Of course, if you're one of those people that bump into a pillow and get a bruise, this is probably going to do a number on you.

The depth increases as the tissue allows change. It can be an eye opening experience when you feel this sort of depth in a treatment. The FDM website flat out states that the most frequent side effect is pain during treatment. 

However, the next day there is little or no pain where FDM was applied. If you poke it, yeah, it hurts. So don't do that. Take it from someone that found that out the hard way.

It went something like this, "I'm surprised I don't hurt after 8 hours of deep work like that!" 


"OWWww. Ok. Well, let's not do that."

What is the goal of treatment?

Objective change. 

Improving function of movement and tissue tone often leads to decreased pain. Increasing range of motion, increasing the ease or fluidity of the restricted movement, or by increasing the speed of the movement defines a successful treatment.

What does Fascial Distortion Model help with?

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuarvains Syndrome / Wrist Tenosynovitis
  • Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hamstring Strain/Pull
  • Hip Flexor / Psoas Tendinitis
  • Hip Pain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Knee Sprains
  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Patellar Tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Strains
  • Sciatica
  • Sever’s Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tension Headaches / Migraines
  • Thoracic Outlet syndrome
  • TMJ
  • Whiplash