FDM stands for the Fascial Distortion Model, developed by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, DO. It is a technique that can be performed in the office to relieve pain quickly. Depending on the type of pain you have it may involve your provider moving your body or very deep tissue manipulation where your provider will smooth out kinks in your fascia.
No other soft tissue approach helps relieve pain so quickly.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a very thin, but strong layer of tissue that layers beneath the skin and around muscles, bones and joints. It is like a layer of thin tissue paper that wraps around the rest of our tissues. When the fascia gets wrinkled, twisted or herniated that is when we get pain. Smoothing out those distortions relieves the pain, and that is what we do in FDM.
Common injuries that easily get better with FDM include: sprains, strains, pulled muscles, frozen joints, whiplash, plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, tennis elbow and low back pain. Chronic problems (ones that have been around a long time) can also be treated, but results typically take longer than for acute injuries.