Updated: Sep 1
The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)
You may have heard of Trigger Point therapy. FDM can be even more effective. It has a large background of research, and has amazing effects. Now lets dive into why you should consider this therapy.
Fascia: What is it?
Fascia encompasses everything in the body, and is sort of a spider web-y, mucus-y type substance. Hunters may see this when skinning a deer for instance, or that white film oranges have under the peel, it's similar to that. It forms in many layers. For instance, your entire bicep is wrapped in a layer, but also each muscle cell is individually wrapped, so you can think of it as both a macro and micro level thing.
Fascia: Why its important to you
Fascia is a major source of pain. Many different types of nerve cells run through fascia, enabling it to have a wide variety of really cool properties. Two of these properties directly apply to most patients. 1) It has a lot of pain receptor nerve cells, called Nociceptors. 2) Healthy fascia is constantly changing and morphing its form to suit the needs of the tissue it surrounds.
How FDM Works
The basic theory behind FDM is that if fascia gets distorted, which occurs with most injuries, even “minor” ones such as a muscle strain, it can no longer morph or change its form. Therefore, in addition to causing pain, it can directly impact strength and ROM, thereby inhibiting your functional abilities. By correcting the physical distortion of the fascia, pain is reduced quicker and the other tissues heal faster, which decreases overall time of recovery from an injury.
Come Try It
Here at the Price Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center, we use FDM as one of the items in our Physical Therapy “treatment toolbox” to help you achieve your therapy goals faster. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Jesse Sampogna, was the first physical therapist in the country to complete all the training for certification in these treatments while still a student, and has been using the Fascial Distortion Model with patients on a daily basis ever since.