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Fascial Distortion Model™

What is Fascial Distortion Model™?

Muscle groups work together to help patients move and stay active. When the fascia, or the connective tissues in the muscles, are injured or torn, you can experience a wide range of symptoms that get in the way of your goals. Physicians Plus offers the support you need. Our solutions address your unique concerns, and we help you achieve better health using scientifically-supported techniques.

One is known as the Fascial Distortion Model™, which provides certain benefits for those dealing with chronic muscle pain or injuries. No matter what kind of lifestyle you live, be it as a professional athlete or an office worker, this model can help you enhance your health. The Fascial Distortion Model™ (FDM) was designed by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, DO.

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Many soft tissue conditions and injuries are misdiagnosed, with patients falsely told their injury is a muscle tear, pulled muscle, strain, sprain, arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia and more. As a result, patients are prescribed ineffective treatments such as simple resting and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as targeting the wrong tissue during treatments. Unlike these often counterintuitive efforts, FDM offers proactive treatment that produces the results patients need.

How Does FDM™ Work?

This treatment model relates nearly soft tissue injuries and other musculoskeletal complications to the six kinds of changes to the body’s connective tissues, which include tendons, fascial bands, ligaments, myofascia, adhesions and other types of tissues that are connected to the bones, nerves, muscles and organs. Specifically, these six different types of fascial dysfunction can be described as follows:

  • Triggerband. Twisted fibers of connective tissues can cause burning or pulling pain, usually indicated through a sweeping range of movement along the length of the fascia.
  • Herniated Trigger Points. If tissues have been pushed through the fascia, known as a herniated trigger point, patients may develop a deep ache and tenderness.
  • Continuum Distortion. These occur as injuries to a tendon that transitions to bone.
  • Folding Distortion. A fascial plane undergoes a three-dimensional alteration near the locations where joints move.
  • Cylinder Distortion. Overlapping fascia coils are distorted in areas away from joints. 
  • Tectonic Fixation. Fascial surfaces cannot glide smoothly, resulting in stiffness and tightness.

FDM involves an in-depth physical assessment of the patient’s history, physical and verbal descriptions, along with the cause of injury and relevant orthopedic tests. This leads our practitioners to a specific diagnosis to identify the correct type of soft tissue treatment. Once the altered tissue has been identified, the doctors utilize hands-on contact dictated by the physical assessment to treat and correct the injury.

FDM’s effectiveness is gained through listening and watching specific patient cues that lead the practitioner to the root of the soft tissue injury, thus treating the correct tissue first and reducing the overall treatment time. We explore each patient’s individual case carefully using our detailed understanding of how the FDA addresses the tears and injuries of fascia. Correction involves reversing the injury without the need to rest, and recovery can begin as soon as one or two treatments.

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Physicians Plus is wholly dedicated to your recovery. Using the Fascial Distortion Model™ and other approaches, we can help you perform at your best. Call today to begin.

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What Types of Treatments Do You Offer?

Physicians Plus is committed to treating patients using methods that consider your individual physical health. Every person has unique movement patterns that they may not even be aware of, along with their own personal health history. Using this information, our physicians can treat muscle pain, back pain, migraines, sports injuries and more at their root cause. We use various chiropractic techniques to relieve your symptoms, including the Graston Technique®, McKenzie Method® and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization®, to name a few.

What Causes Soft Tissue Injuries, and How Are They Treated?

Soft tissue injuries happen when the muscles, tendons or ligaments experience a trauma. Something as simple as a sprain or overusing a certain muscle group can lead to pronounced pain and other symptoms. Whether your pain occurs suddenly or gradually over time, our team can help. At Physicians Plus, we use the Fascial Distortion Model™ to treat soft tissue injuries and accelerate healing. This approach utilizes a full-body strategy to improve your pain while encouraging tissue repair.




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