(07/30/2010) The fascia distortion model (FDM) is a new principle in the manual treatment and diagnosis of complaints. It was founded in 1991 by the American osteopath and emergency physician Dr. Stephen Typaldos D.O. (1957-2006). He had discovered that the patients show their symptoms specifically and found the appropriate treatment from this body language. In this respect, it is a completely new idea of treatment and diagnostics, because treatment is not based on anatomy or physiology, but according to the patient's instructions. Typaldos found 6 different expressions of complaints and developed treatments for these 6 expressions, which he later called "distortions", which are based less on techniques than on principles.
Fascia distortion model: criticism of the fascia distortion model
Current development of the FDM
Manual therapists, surgeons, paediatricians and orthopedists still find it difficult to accept this system because thinking in anatomical and physiological categories is too manifest in most heads. But the sometimes unbelievable effectiveness, which is usually immediately visible, ensures that it is spreading more and more.
Critics accuse the method that the treatment is often too painful. Especially in osteopathy, in which the FDM is part of the training standard at some schools in Germany and Austria, there are many critics. Since recognizing and establishing connections and contexts plays an important role in osteopathy, critics accuse the FDM of being too reductionist here.
FDM is currently on the advance in Europe. As one of the main people in charge, Dr. Georg Harrer, an osteopath and general practitioner, specialist in anesthesia and intensive care medicine from Vienna, are seen. Through extensive teaching activities and the development of the European FDM organization (EFDMA), he brought FDM more into osteopathy and the medical profession.
Meanwhile, in addition to his courses, there is also the Typaldos Academy, run by Christoph Rossmy D.O. DROM from Haltern am See, which gives courses in FDM across Europe. In addition to Austria and Germany, there will now be continuous courses in Italy and Poland. Dr. Harrer also gave a course in Burkina Faso at the beginning of 2010, which led to the development of structures in the form of an African association.
In poorer countries in particular, FDM offers a sensible alternative, as body language is the same worldwide and there is virtually no language barrier for treatment. It is also an inexpensive and effective form of treatment.
In addition to the European organization EFDMA, there is the American association (AFDMA) and the Japanese (Asian) association (FAA) in the country of origin of the FDM - both of which are also very active. In an interview with the "DO - German Journal for Osteopathy" from July 2010, Dr. Harrer is more about building up structures and integrating them into normal medical and osteopathic operations, which is beneficial and necessary for FDM than the eventual discovery of a 7th fascia distortion. In September 2011 the 5th International FDM Congress will take place in Vienna. (tf)