Our primary training format is 2 1/2 day seminars presented by AFDMA approved instructors. Beginning in January 2017 each AFDMA instructor or instructor group was asked to form their own company that was responsible to and connected with the AFDMA but responsible for their own finances. AFDMA provides oversight and CME/CCU services and each instructor company pays for the service. While our primary desire and emphasis remains training physicians and medical students, it became clear that we needed to expand the list of professionals we accepted into our courses.
Training in the Fascial Distortion Model is provided in three modules, each 2 ½ days in length, except Module 3 which is typically only two days. We recommend that participants use the information from one module in their practice for several months before moving on to the next module. Those who have completed at least one module and are current members of the AFDMA can be listed on our website so that patients looking for an FDM practitioner will be able to access those names. After a practitioner has completed all three modules and practiced the FDM for at least a year following the completion of the third module, and are members of the AFDMA, they are eligible to take the International Certificate (IC) exam.
Module 1 provides an extensive introduction to the Fascial Distortion Model, including the theory and concepts that are basic to diagnosis and treatment within the FDM. Each of the distortions are defined and explained along with likely outcomes with and without treatment. Extensive hands-on time is an integral part of each course. Diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, knee and ankle injuries are highlighted in this course with plenty of supervised practicum time so that participants will be able to return to their offices with skills they can immediately utilize.
Module 2 provides a good solid review of the FDM followed by extensive diagnosis and treatment of the neck, back and hips according to the Fascial Distortion Model. Practicum time is an integral part of this course which provides effective diagnosis and treatment tools for practitioners to treat low back pain and sciatica as well as other injuries of the back, neck and hips.
Module 3 is typically two days and provides only a brief review of the FDM and treatment focuses on the remaining body parts not already covered in the first two modules. This includes injuries to the arms, hands, fingers and thumbs, legs, feet and toes, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and more. Module 1 or 2 must be taken in order to take Module 3.
One or two day advanced courses may also be held on specific topics, such as FDM Inversion Treatments, and treatment of post-stroke spastic paralysis.
Click on the appropriate Module link for dates, locations and other details for FDM seminars. Our training philosophy is physicians first as we remain committed to bringing the FDM into mainstream medicine. To that end we are also eager to work in cooperation with medical schools to train faculty and students as well as area physicians. Please contact us if you would like to arrange either a 4-hour introduction or a Module 1 in your area.
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FDM Global Organization (FDMGO)
AFDMA is proud to be a member of the FDM Global Organization (FDMGO). The FDMGO is an international collective of the three international FDM associations that has been formed to help move the FDM forward in an organized and collaborative manner. Members of the FDMGO have reached an agreement that will help coordinate curriculum, set parameters for the spread of FDM, and create standards for those people who are interested in reaching the status of being Internationally Certified in the practice of FDM.
As apart of the AFDMA, members agree to support the core beliefs of the FDGO that no treatment videos will be displayed open source on the internet. Before and after treatment demonstrations are okay, but no complete treatments will be made available online in an open source format.
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