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The Fascial Distortion Model: A Different Approach to Fascia

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Angela Lim |  Sandra Skates
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The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) was conceived by Stephen Typaldos, DO. He treated the first triggerband in 1991 in Yuba City. There began a journey of developing a new system of evaluating and treating the fascia. Today, the FDM is practiced around the world in countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe by practitioners that are DOs, MDs, PTs, chiropractors, athletic trainers, and the like. As with any new model and techniques, it has been met with skepticism. However with understanding, proper use and application, the FDM is a highly effective tool to help patients. The six fascial distortions will be defined and how the FDM applies to established OMT techniques will be reviewed. Specific fascial distortion techniques will be described. Patient cases demonstrating the utilization of the FDM and its techniques will be presented. The future of the FDM is promising in the hands of DOs and deserves to be integrated into osteopathic schools.

Learning Objectives:
1. To learn what the FDM is
2. Be able to define the six distortions
3. Be able to recognize hand gestures indicating each of the six distortions
4. Be able to recognize some language associated with each of the six distortions

Disclosures: None Reported 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. 

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Angela Lim, DO was born and raised in southeast Michigan and is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was trained at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and after roughly 30 years of harsh Michigan winters, she moved to California and started working for NorthBay Healthcare in Solano County. She began her career in family medicine, but the OMT within her practice grew exponentially and she successfully transformed it into a purely OMM practice. Eight years into practice, Dr. Lim continues to see patients in an outpatient setting but also enjoys teaching osteopathic students regularly from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also helping to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary spine center and spreads the teachings of the Fascial Distortion Model. Dr. Lim enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs, traveling, going to the gym, and can be considered a foodie. Dr. Lim is board certified by the AOBFP in family medicine and the AOBNMM in osteopathic manipulative medicine/neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Lim can be reached at

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Sandra B. Skates, D.O.
Dr. Skates has over 25 years of experience practicing and teaching Family Practice, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Medical Acupuncture.  She is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  She currently practices OMM, Medical Acupuncture and Prolotherapy as part of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Northbay Wellness Center in Vacaville California She is also a member of the adjunct clinical faculty at Touro University.  
Dr. Skates took her first FDM course in 2016 and was thrilled to learn something truly new in Osteopathic Manipulation.  It has transformed her practice and renewed her excitement for treating patients and teaching FDM.  

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