Fascial Distortion Model Therapy – FDM

FDM available at 1st Choice Sports Rehab Center.

Fascial distortion method at 1st choice sports rehabOne of the benchmarks of the team at 1st Choice is its commitment to outstanding quality and cutting edge methods that get people better faster than previously possible. The addition of the Fascial Distortion Model to our treatment options is the most recent demonstration of this commitment.

The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is a means of analysis and treatment that offers relief for a number of conditions that might otherwise have been untreatable.  Conditions such as meniscal tears, ankle sprains, and frozen shoulders are just a few of the many problems that can be treated safely, and the results are apparent, measurable and – best of all, immediate.

FDM = Amazingly Fast Results

Using FDM, each injury is analyzed and viewed in light of the symptoms the patient is experiencing, how the injury took place, body language and movement patterns.  These variables  allow the doctor to determine a preliminary diagnosis and a treatment plan.  The treatment is then tested for its effect. If the diagnosis and treatment is correct, the results and relief are immediately apparent. For example, in whiplash cases, pain is decreased and neck movement is improved.

 According to the Fascia Research Congress in 2007, “Fascia is a soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body forming a whole body continuous three dimensional matrix of structural support.

Until recently, most manual therapy treatments focused on breaking up adhesions or restoring proper muscle balance/function and very little attention was given to the fascial system.  The facial system has been overlooked for years and is just now being considered a major component in musculoskeletal complaints. 

If utilized early after injury, FDM may eliminate the need for conventional treatments that have often been viewed as the only options available.  Many conditions like a sprained ankle (where rest, ice, compression and elevation were the pillars of injury rehab) often respond much more quickly to FDM treatment.  This allows our doctors to deliver safe, non-invasive care that provides immediate relief and comfort for a host of injuries or conditions that previously took days or weeks to resolve.

How and Why Fascial Distortion Model Works

Fascial Distortion model illustrationThe fascia is a living tissue with extensive adaptability, adjusting the load of forces almost immediately when one is injured in order to guard the area from further stress.  For example when someone “throws out their back,” we frequently observe an antalgic lean, in which the body involuntarily leans away from the site of the injury.  What actually happens within minutes of the injury is that small cells called myofibroblasts contract, stiffening the fascia.  This readjusting of tension through the fascia changes neurological input to the surrounding muscles, causing them to fire differently to help avoid further damage to the injured area.

Traditional treatment approaches would focus on stretching the tight muscles and taking anti-inflammatories and/or muscles relaxers to reduce the muscle spasms.  Using the Fascial Distortion Model, the provider will exclusively address the fascial system at the site of injury and the surrounding areas, ultimately restoring proper biomechanics and reducing pain.

Current research is overwhelmingly positive regarding the fascia and its role in a host of injuries and conditions.  At 1st Choice, we are very pleased to remain on the cutting edge of injury treatment and are one of the few clinics in the state to have an FDM instructor and multiple FDM certified doctors. If you have a persistent injury that you have not been able to resolve elsewhere, call 404-377-0011 to schedule your FDM treatment at 1st Choice Sports Rehab.

Decatur Office

2545 Lawrenceville Hwy

Suite 100

Decatur, GA 30033


fax 770-939-9353

Johns Creek Office

9810-B Medlock Bridge Rd

Suite 104

Johns Creek, GA 30097


fax 770-939-9353