Fascial Distortion Model

What is fascial therapy?

Fascial therapy is an innovative and highly efficient method for the treatment of acute and chronic pain of the movement apparatus. Fasciae are sheaths of fibrous connective tissue that enclose muscle fibres, muscles, and organs. They include ligaments, joints, tendons, the plantar fascia along the sole of the foot, as well as joint and organ compartments. Moreover fasciae have a protecting and supporting function in the body.


Accidents or injuries are capable of disturbing fascial structures. These disturbances are called fascial distortions. The founder of the Fascial Distortion Model, Stephen Typaldos, discovered recurring patterns in patients’ body language and descriptions of pain. These patterns are divided into six types of fascial distortions and are treated with six different specific treatment techniques. Fascial treatment reduces disruptions in the anatomical structure, releases tension and improves mobility.

What happens during fascial therapy?

Each treatment begins with an extensive personal conversation during which you explain your history of pain and show me which movements cause pain. Decisive for the treatment is where you observe pain yourself.


Fascial treatment is a manual therapy, which means that pain therapy that is otherwise mostly accomplished by administering drugs is avoided. The purpose of the Facial Distortion Model is to manually stimulate the damaged fasciae to enable them to rearrange themselves. Depending on the type of pain, finger-tips are used to apply pressure to so-called trigger points to stimulate the tissue. This pressure can initially be unpleasant and possibly even painful but a substantial improvement is often already achieved after the first session.

For what types of pain is fascial treatment appropriate?

The main areas of application of fascial therapy are:

  • Acute pain that, for example, resulted from athletic injuries, sprains, torn ligaments, incorrect movements
  • Chronic pain of the movement apparatus, such as back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, restricted movement, etc.

Professional athletics has been resorting to the innovative method of fascial therapy for a long time. Apart from the elimination of pain, fascial treatment also contributes to performance enhancement. The release of tension enables movements that were previously unimaginable to suddenly be carried out again.

Accredited according to European Fascial Distortion Model (EFDMA) guidelines

FDM physicians and physiotherapists, accredited according to European Fascial Distortion Model (EFDMA) guidelines, have to complete a multi-level education and can therefore guarantee professional and competent treatment. I dispose of the official certificate of EFDMA "International Certificate FDM (FDM IC)". Learn more about the guidelines in the field of the Fascial Distortion Model on the website of EFDMA.

Please note that this service is not generally covered by public medical insurance.