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FDM for the Low Back and Axial Spine

Friday, May 18 at 12:00 AM
Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) 115, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

This activity is sponsored by the OMM department at Des Moines University and the American FDM Association (AFDMA).

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Planning committee

The above individuals indicated no relevant financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Target audience

D.O.’s and M.D.’s are the primary target audience. If space allows (max. 45 learners), OMM fellows, residents, and selected students recommended by DMU faculty may participate. Unfortunately P.T.’s are not able to participate in the course.


The purpose of this Module 2 seminar is to introduce the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) as an anatomic perspective in which the underlying etiology of virtually every musculoskeletal injury is considered to be comprised of one or more of the six specific pathologic alterations of the body’s connecting tissues as developed by Stephen Typaldos D.O.  Module 2 focuses on the use of FDM in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine as well as the sacrum and pelvis. They will accomplish this goal through didactic presentations by FDM experts, as well as, small group workshops where the treatments will be done on live patients.

About FDM

The FDM is an anatomical perspective, originated and developed by U.S. physician Stephen Typaldos, D.O., 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 connective tissues (fascial bands, ligaments, tendons, retinacula, etc.). As a model, the FDM is an abbreviated interpretation of the pathology of fascial injuries and contemplates the structural consequences of orthopedic, medical, surgical, and manipulative interventions.” (FDM: Clinical and Theoretical Application of the Fascial Distortion Model Within the Practice of Medicine and Surgery, by Stephen Typaldos, D.O.)

The clinical significance of the FDM is that through its manual application it can bring rapid and complete recovery to a large number of previously inadequately treated musculoskeletal injuries such as pulled muscles, ankle sprains, frozen shoulders, knee strains and a whole host of other athletic injuries. The FDM, however, is far more than just a collection of new manipulative techniques. Instead it is a comprehensive and entirely fresh perspective of envisioning and understanding injuries that competitively challenges current approaches and is poised to revolutionize the practice of medicine.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and describe the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM).
  2. Define and properly identify the six fascial distortions.
  3. Incorporate techniques and modalities already taught at Osteopathic Universities into the FDM.
  4. Apply the FDM to the treatment of the cervical spine.
  5. Apply the FDM to the treatment of the thoracic spine.
  6. Apply the FDM to the treatment of the lumbar spine.
  7. Apply the FDM to the treatment of the sacrum and pelvis.
  8. Discuss research implications and possibilities of the FDM.


Friday, May 18, 2012
10:30 a.m. Registration
11 a.m. Introduction to the FDM, History, Terminology, and the Fascial Distortions
2 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Diagnosis of Fascial DistortionsClinical Progress of Fascial DistortionsGeneral Treatment of Fascial Distortions
4:15 p.m. Practicum and Live Patients
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
Saturday, May 19, 2012
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Introduction to Module 2FDM Lumbar Spine
9 a.m. Lumbar Spine Practicum and Live Patients
10:30 a.m. FDM Inversion Treatments Lecture and Demonstration
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Inversion/Lumbar Spine Hands-On Practicum
2:30 p.m. FDM Thoracic Spine and Ribs
3:30 p.m. Thoracic Spine Practicum and Live Patients
5 p.m. Adjourn
Sunday, May 20, 2012
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. FDM Sacrum, Pelvis, and Hips
9:30 a.m. Treatment of Sacrum, Pelvis, and Hips
11:30 a.m. Live Patients
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. FDM Cervical Spine
2 p.m. Practicum Cervical Spine and Live Patients
4 p.m. Research Discussion
5 p.m. Adjourn


  • Todd Capistrant, D.O. (primary instructor); Clinician, Banner Heath, Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks, AK
    Dr. Capistrant indicated no relevant financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.
  • Marjorie Kasten, P.T. (hands-on instructor); Physical Therapist, Bangor, ME
    Ms. Kasten indicated she is an author of the following books: “FDM: An Introduction to the Fascial Distortion Model, American FDM Association, 2010” and “Why Way is Up When You Are Upside Down? Self-published, 2012”.


  • $500 – D.O. and M.D.
  • $300 – Residents
  • $100 – Third and fourth year students and fellows.

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Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations/refund requests (minus a 25% administrative fee), must be received in writing at least seven (7) business days prior to the CME activity starting date.
  • For cancellations received less than seven (7) business days prior to the activity starting date, a 50% administrative fee will apply.
  • You may transfer your
    registration fee to a colleague if you contact the DMU CME office three (3) business days prior to the activity starting date.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent activities.

CME credit

AOA:  Des Moines University and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 22.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits.

AAFP:  This Live activity, FDM for the Low Back and Axial Spine (FDM 2), with a beginning date of May 18, 2012, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 21 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other:  Attendees will be given a certificate of participation for a maximum 22.0 continuing education hours.

Commercial support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.

Disclosure statement

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the program director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

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