Myofascial Release Therapy

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What is the Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)?

Fascia is the thin web-like film of connective tissue covering all the muscles, tendons, joints, and organs in your body. This layer lies beneath the skin and is susceptible to tears, folds, wrinkles, and other forms of distortions, leading to pain and injury. 

Developed by Dr. Stephen Typaldos, FDM is a method of identifying and treating common musculoskeletal conditions. 

Our Fascial Distortion Model provider uses six distortions in the body’s connective tissue to alleviate the patient’s symptoms. The fascial distortions are corrected by manually applying controlled pressure, resulting in pain reduction and improved mobility. 

With the help of the patient’s verbal and physical description, our FDM practitioner will effectively treat the soft tissue.

The Myofascial Release Therapy Experts in San Francisco

ProActive Chiropractic provides expert Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) and Myofascial Release Therapy in San Francisco CA. 

We know “cracking bones” isn’t enough so we always target muscle balance as well. Our extremely effective treatment targets tight, overworked muscles.

FDM has identified six different types of fascial distortions that all contain their own distinct form of correction. Experiences of discomfort during treatment should be expected although in most cases the patient is able to acknowledge that the discomfort during treatment ‘hurts good’.

Treatments can include ironing out fascial seams, smoothing out fascial coils, reversing fascial transition zones on attachment points, minimizing protruding tissue through fascial planes, unfolding, and refolding fascial folds, and releasing fixated joints. The patient’s presentation along with the FDM assessment will dictate and identify the type of fascial distortion involved and the proper corrective technique will then be utilized.” 

In conjunction with FDM, the use of Myofascial Release Therapy is an extremely effective treatment that targets tight, overworked muscles that cause discomfort throughout the day. Relaxing hypertensive muscles helps restore blood flow back to the body region, aiding in reducing pain and restoring full-body motion.

The Six States of Fascial Dysfunctions


Triggerbands are wrinkled or twisted connective tissue fibers that cause searing pain, and the patient describes it by pointing out several fingers.

Herniated Trigger Points

These injuries pushed the tissues through the fascia layer and caused localized pain. By applying targeted pressure, these tissues are pressed into their original position.

Folding Distortions

These types of distortions manifest when the fascia layer in or around the joints becomes distorted, usually by compression or traction.

Continuum Distortion

The injury to the transitional area between fascia tissue and the bone causes this distortion. Patients point out the pain using only one finger.

Cylinder Distortions

The outcomes of this distortion are radiating pain, numbness, or tingling. The patients describe the pain by flat hand over the injured areas.

Tectonic Fixations

This condition occurs when fascia surfaces lose their ability to glide. These distortions are more prevalent in the stiff or fixated jointed areas. 

Features of Myofacial Release Therapy

Improved Range of Motion

Improved Range of Motion

Myofascial techniques can help restore range of motion and diminish pain, allowing you to regain function earlier. 

Enhanced Tissue Recovery Process

Enhanced Tissue Recovery Process

Restore proper tissue texture, tension, and motion by removing adhesions and scar tissue.

Improved Blood Circulation

Improved Blood Circulation

Enhances blood flow by getting rid of knots (known trigger points) and tension in the fascia.

Released Tension & Stress

Released Tension & Stress

The fascial restrictions are released by using a light stretch or friction on the skin, & the muscles are opened up.

How Do We Standout in Myofascial Release Therapy?

The Fascial Distortion Model therapy gently releases the trigger points by ironing out fascial seams, smoothing out fascial coils, reversing fascial transition zones on attachment points, minimizing protruding tissue through fascial planes, unfolding and refolding fascial folds, and releasing fixated joints. 

Additionally, we combine FDM with Myofascial Release Therapy, which relaxes the tightened muscles. Together with these two therapies, we provide solutions to the overworked and tired muscles. 

A variety of skill sets are indulged in the session by our therapists for lasting results.

Each session of Myofascial Release Treatment at ProActive Chiropractic is performed directly on the skin. Consequently, the therapist can apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the release of fascial restrictions.

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