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Fascial Distortion Model for the Upper and Lower Extremities

Friday, May 17 at 7:45 AM
Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) 115, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

Fascial Distortion ModelYou do not need to have taken FDM 1 or 2 to participate in this course.

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

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About FDM

The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is an anatomical perspective, originated by US physician Stephen Typaldos, D.O., in which “the underlying etiology of virtually every musculoskeletal injury (and many neurological and medical conditions) 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.”

Dr. Typaldos described six principal types of fascial distortions, each with its own body language, signature presentation and likely outcome with and without Fascial Distortion Model treatments. He then tested his model over a period of almost 15 years and found that it held up exceptionally well.  Initially he treated mostly acute injuries (in the emergency room and in his private manipulative practice) which could be reversed almost instantaneously, but as the years went on, he tested his model on more and more difficult cases, some from injuries that had occurred 20 years earlier. The results were the same – dramatic and spectacular in most cases.

Some common injuries that are easily resolved with FDM manual treatments include: pulled muscles and muscle tears, sprained ankles, shin splints, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, whiplash, headaches, shoulder pain, frozen joints, kidney stones, plantar fasciitis, sprains, strains and tendonitis, and low back pain.  Chronic pain can also be successfully treated using the FDM, but results typically take longer than for acute injuries. Sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and many other injuries can also be successfully treated in this model.

Target Audience

Physicians, residents, fellows, third and fourth year residents. Unfortunately P.T.’s are not able to participate in the course.


Upon conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Review to the fascial Distortion Model
  2. Apply the model to conditions in the upper extremities.
  3. Apply the model to conditions in the lower extremities.
  4. Apply the model to conditions of the head region.
  5. Identify, diagnose, and treat conditions in the head, upper and lower regions of the body.


Friday, May 17
7:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m. Introduction to the FDM – History, Terminology, Fascia, and the Distortions
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30  a.m. Clinical Progressions of Distortions and Diagnosis of Distortions
Live Patient Demonstration
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. FDM Applied to the Upper Extremity: Includes elbow, forearm, thumb, fingers, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, trigger finger.  This session will include hands on opportunity to diagnose and treat all the distortions as they pertain to the upper extremity
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. FDM Applied to the Upper Extremity (Continued)
5:15 p.m. Live Patient Demonstration for Upper Extremity
6:15 p.m. Adjourn
Saturday, May 18
8 a.m. FDM Applied to the Lower Extremity:  Includes contusion, stress fracture, Ischemia (PVD), Interosseous membrane, calf, foot, heel spur, plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus, and hallux rigidu
Live Patient Demonstration
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. FDM Applied to the Lower Extremity (Continued)
Live Patient Demonstration
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. FDM Applied to the Head Region: Includes Headache, Jaw Pain, TMJ, and Hearing
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Live Patient Treatments of Head Region and Other Regions
5:15 p.m. Additional Questions and Hands-On Demonstrations
6:15 p.m. Adjourn


 Todd Todd Capistrant, D.O.
Clinician, Banner Heath, Tanana Valley Clinic
Fairbanks, AK
Jose Figueroa Jose Figueroa, D.O., Assistant Professor and Clinician, OMM, DMU, IA (Table Trainer)

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

Planning Committee

Jose Figueroa, D.O. (Course Director), Assistant Professor and Clinician, OMM, DMU, IA

Todd Capistrant, D.O., Clinician, Banner Heath, Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks, AK

Vanessa Ross, CMP, Manager, Continuing Medical Education, DMU, IA

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

Dress Code

Each participant’s body must be accessible for observation. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. No jeans please.

  • Women: Sports top or close fitting T-shirts, and shorts or sweats.
  • Men: Shorts or sweats and T-shirts.
  • All: Warm-up suits or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.


  • $500 – D.O. and M.D.
  • $300 – Residents
  • $100 – Third and fourth year students and fellows (must be approved by a DMU faculty member)

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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 at
    tend 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 18.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits.

AAFP:  This Live activity, Fascial Distortion Model for the Upper and Lower Extremities, with a beginning date of 05/17/2013, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  18.00 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 18.0 continuing education hours.

Commercial Support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.


Continuing Medical Education
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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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