Gesundheit: Harmonie bei Körper, Geist und Seele

FDM Fundamentals

Fascial Distortion Model

Ulrich Melz, Innere Medizin & Schmerztherapie & Akupunktur

The Fascial Distortion Model FDM is a new medical approach that sees the cause of physical complaints in connective tissue deformations. FDM enables the treating specialist to effectively and efficiently treat complaints through its innovative diagnostics and treatment strategies.

The Fascial distortion model is an anatomical perspective in which the underlying etiology of virtually every musculoskeletal injury is considered to be comprised of one or more of six specific pathological alterations of the body’s connecting tissues.

The term Fascial distortion model consists of 3 words:

Fasciae are connective tissue structures (fascial bands, ligaments, tendons, retinacula, etc.) which are from the FDM point of view the key to the successful diagnosis and treatment of physical complaints. Today medical science is beginning to acknowledge the important role which fasciae play in the body and thereby supports the FDM approach indirectly.

Distortions can also be described as twisted facial bands, tissue protruding through a fascial plane, disrupted transition zones between bone and ligament, compression and traction injuries to joints (including dislocations), tangled connective tissue, and fascial surfaces that have lost their ability to glide. Any fascial distortion can be corrected by first identifying it and then by using specific treatment techniques to restore the connective tissue to its uninjured state.

As a model, the FDM provides a foundation for viewing and treating injuries that have been either poorly treated in the past, or not treated at all. FDM does not claim to truth, but provides a transparent and logical point of view of medical problems and their treatement. The scientific research in the field of fasciae and connective tissue as well as a continually growing number of clinical efficacy studies document the effectiveness of the FDM and help to resolve medical problems quickly and effectively. For instance, acute injuries such as an ankle sprain do not need to be rested and splinted, but can often be corrected quickly and easily in just a few minutes. Normal activity can be resumed immediately, and because strength and motion are restored, the ankle becomes “as good as new.” Chronic pain is also more easily treated with the FDM. Adhesions in the connective tissue can be broken manually and then the injury can be more easily corrected.