Fascial Distortion Model
What is FDM?
The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is a model of diagnosis and treatment for common musculoskeletal conditions. FDM practitioners use six specific problems or “distortions” in the body’s connective tissue (fascia) to improve conditions such as pulled muscles, strains, sprains and frozen shoulders. The FDM treatment technique supports pain reduction and improvements in movement restrictions to help patients get back to pain free function.
The anatomy of fascia
Fascia is connective tissue which compartmentalizes, encases, separates, insulates and protects bones, muscles, and nerves. Fascia is soft, connective tissue that forms sheets or bands underneath the skin.
Roles of fascia
Fluid transport (hormones, chemicals, nutrients, oxygen) and the sense of the relative position of neighboring parts of the body.
Structural kinds of fascia:
Once the distortion is identified, it’s treated with specific manual therapy that incorporate direction and pressure specific techniques. This could involve manipulating fascia along large body areas and/or restricted joints. Treatment is focused on improving pain and movement restrictions by correctly identifying the fascial tissue that may be an underlying culprit.
What to expect after FDM treatment
After treatment, there may be some residual swelling, bruising and tenderness to touch.
Move: One of the best things to do is move! This doesn’t mean run a marathon but instead go for a walk, do an easy bike ride, etc. The physical therapist will work with patients on developing a movement based program.
Ice: Apply ice to areas treated or sore. Do not apply ice directly on skin; cover with a paper towel or towel. Apply 10 min only and repeat often (5-10 times within 24 hours post treatment session).
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