FDM is an individual and neutral approach. It enables the practicing physician or physiotherapist to choose the best treatment for the individual patient by re-evaluating traditional medical diagnostic tools by use of the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM). The goal of each FDM therapy is an anatomical correction of the distorted fascia. As soon as the correction is achieved, an immediate improvement in strength, mobility and reduction of pain will be noticeable. Long periods of recovery (and therefore inactivity) are unnecessary and a fast return to physical activity is possible. Stephen Typaldos, D.O. developed specific manual techniques and manipulation maneuvers. They form the basis of the so-called Typaldos Method and are taught in FDM seminars according to quality standards defined by the European Fascial Distortion Model Association (EFDMA).
The Typaldos Method has been used on patients with the following conditions:
- Acute pain due to sprained or dislocated joints lumbago or a stiff neck
- Sports injuries like ligament strains, contusions, muscle fiber tears etc.
- Back and lower back pain, shoulder and neck spasms…
- Impaired mobility
- Symptoms like numbness, paresthesia, feelings of limb weakness or instability
- Certain internal medical complaints after a thorough medical evaluation and specific diagnosis
A case study…
A female patient presents with a foot injury. She describes going over on her ankle during a sports activity. Her right ankle shows considerable swelling and hurts to the touch. The patient describes the pain as a burning, pulling sensation and makes a sweeping motion along the outside of the ankle. She also describes a piercing pain along the front of the ankle. She points to the spot with one finger. Her mobility is restricted and she is hobbling.
Conventional medical diagnosis and recommended treatment:
Her physician diagnoses an ankle sprain and recommends rest, the application of ice, a compression bandage and elevation of the leg. In addition, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory ointment is prescribed. The patient can resume physical activity a few weeks later.
FDM approach and treatment:
The FDM practitioner ascribes the patient’s condition to two different fascial distortions. These distortions are corrected manually, occasionally using brute force. Post-treatment, the patient is able to walk normally, after the second treatment a few days later, she is able to resume unrestricted physical activity.