IaPMR Fall Conference

Des Moines, IA US
October 14, 2011

The FDM is an anatomical perspective in which the underlying etiology of virtually every musculoskeletal injury is considered to be comprised of one or more of six specific pathological alterations of the body’s connecting tissues (fascial bands, ligaments, tendons, retinacula, etc.). This model not only allows for strikingly effective manipulative treatments for diverse afflictions such as pulled muscles, sprained ankles and frozen shoulders, but the results are objective, obvious, measurable and immediate.

In the manipulative practice of the FDM (known as Typaldos manual therapy, or TMT), each injury is envisioned through the treatment. Then the subjective complaints, body language, mechanism of injury, and objective findings are woven together to create a meaningful diagnosis that has practical applications. For instance, in contrast to the orthopedic model in which a sprained ankle is rested so torn ligaments can heal, in the FDM approach, the specific anatomical distortions of the capsule, ligaments, or surrounding fascia are physically reversed. Therefore, the anatomical injury no longer exists, and the patient can walk without a limp and is pain free. Thus the typical sequence of orthopedic interventions obligatorily prescribed (resting, ice, compression, elevation, antiinflammatory drugs, and crutches) is no longer considered clinically relevant.

Target Audience

IaPMR members and practicing osteopathic and allopathic physicians.


11:30 amRegistration and Lunch
12 pmIaPMR Business Meeting
1 pmIntroduction to the Fascial Distortion Model
3:30 pmBreak
3:45 pmFascial Distortion Model Evaluation of the Shoulder
5:30 pmAdjoun


  1. Define the fascial distortion model.
  2. Define each of the six principal types of fascial distortions.
  3. Recognize and properly identify the body language for each of the six principal types of fascial distortions.
  4. Think and diagnose shoulder injuries using the fascial distortion model.
  5. Learn verbal skills in order to be able to easily articulate to patients and other doctors what you are doing.
  6. Effectively treat the next acutely sore shoulder seen in the office. 



Todd Capistrant, DO

Dr. Capistrant originally hails from Wisconsin, but moved his family to Alaska to avoid the inevitable burnout of working three jobs, raising a family and pursuing his new passion of dog sled racing. Once in Alaska he learned about the FDM at AKOMA meetings and has attended FDM seminars in Hawaii and San Diego. He has competed in and completed the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race and continues in this sport. He is currently the director of a walk-in clinic in Fairbanks where he uses the FDM on a daily basis in his practice of medicine and now also sits on the board of directors for the clinic. He is particularly excited about the freshness that the FDM brings to his practice of medicine, enabling him to fix injuries that eluded him previously. He was recently honored with the "Rising Star" award by the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation.

Registration Cost

  • No charge - IaPMR members
  • $50 - Public (practicing DO’s and MD’s)

Commercial Support

Educational grants were not accepted for this activity. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/14/2011 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/14/2011 - 5:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Student Education Center #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 4.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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