The advantages of the manual FDM therapy for the patient

Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) – is a model developed in the 90s by the American physician Stephen Typaldos DO. The FDM model assumes that traumatization of the tissue causes deformation of the fascial system and the associated physical afflictions and functional limitations. Patients most often interpret them as pain, neurological ailments and the motion range limitation.

The model assumes that the tissue healing process is disturbed without the prior distortion removal. As we know, the body heals best with movement and load. We can’t obtain such conditions when the distortions limit not only the range of motion, but also the functioning of the lymphatic system and muscle strength and tonus, which results in pathological tissue adhesions. If we correct the deformations using strictly defined manual techniques, we will be able to observe an almost immediate decrease in pain and at same time increase in movement ranges, fluidity and dynamics of movement, improvement in proprioception and often also the normalization of myotatic reflexes, tonus and muscle strength.


The techniques of manual therapy with the highest therapeutic effectiveness, used by FDM therapists, often resemble the gestures made by patients during the interview (indicating lines, points, etc.). Thanks to that, the therapeutic action becomes logical, measurable and understandable not only for the therapist, but also for the patient.


The FDM model distinguishes between six deformations of the fascial system that disrupt the form and functions of the motor organ, as well as the process of its treatment. For now, the knowledge of the FDM therapy can be successfully used in rehabilitation, orthopedics and traumatology, neurology, angiology, rheumatology, pediatrics, but also in aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery.

Each distortion is characterized by strictly defined symptoms that are assigned to a specific gesture (body language) and key words, such as “pulls”, “stings”, “tingles”. The knowledge about this symptoms is fundamental to the correct FDM diagnosis and effective therapy.


In order to prepare students for manual work in the best possible way, during the 12-day FDM course (divided into 3 modules, 4 training days each), the functional anatomy of each joint will be discussed. Thanks to the palpation anatomy, we will teach students what needs our special attention (red flags) . Under the instructor’s supervision, the course participants will improve diagnostics, work ergonomics, tissue sensation, technique and the FDM thinking.

Benefits of working with the FDM model for a physiotherapist

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