Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is a treatment model in which virtually all soft tissue injuries, or musculoskeletal complaints, are viewed through 1 or more of the 6 different types of alterations to the body’s connective tissues.
This clinical assessment is followed by hands-on soft tissue and joint mobilization to help with the healing of the painful areas and their surrounding damaged tissues
Fascial distortions occur in fascial tissues (the primary connective tissue of the body that makes up tendons, ligaments, retinacula, fascial bands, myofascia, adhesions, and other tissues that surround and engulf muscles, bones, nerves, and organs).
They are almost universally mis-diagnosed as muscle tears, pulled muscles, strains, sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., which leads to the often prescribed and ineffective treatment regimen of resting and anti-inflammatory medications.
The patient’s verbal and physical descriptions, coupled with the mechanism of injury and relevant orthopedic tests, will lead the practitioner to the proper form of soft tissue treatment. FDM is far more than just a collection of new manipulative techniques. Instead it is a comprehensive and entirely fresh perspective of envisioning and understanding injuries that competitively challenges current approaches and is poised to revolutionize the practice of physical medicine. As long as you can use your body language to describe your pain, FDM can be a useful tool in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.