Course Description

This course is designed to educate physical therapist on the current research involving fascia as well as providing them the tools to treat such conditions.  The course will equip participants with up to date research on current fascial dysfunction.  Will present therapist with information from the latest Fascial Research Congress for evidence informed practice.  Therapist will develop a greater understanding of the role of fascia involving musculoskeletal disorders.

Therapist will be trained using the Typaldos Fascial Distortion Model for treating musculoskeletal conditions including; sprains, strains, tendonitis, arthritis, fasciitis,  and headaches.  The therapist will learn six alterations that can occur within the bodies connective tissue system.  Therapist will be taught assessment tools including patient body language and verbal description.  Participants will learn both through a didactic and lab component the assessment and treatment of fascial distortions.


1. Provide an overview of fascia in the human anatomy system

2. Understand the clinical relevance of fascia in biomechanics.

3. Develop a basic understanding of current orthopedic manual therapy techniques treating fascial dysfunction

4. Learn to examine the six dysfunctions in the Typaldos Fascial Distortion Model with both verbal and body language.

5. Apply hands on techniques to treat fascial distortions described in the  Typaldos method.

Presentation Outline:

8:00-8:15 am: Introduction

8:15-9:00 am:  Anatomy and Physiology of Fascia

9:00-9:45 am:  Current Clinically Relevant Research

9:45-10:00 am: BREAK

10:00-12:00 pm: Introduction to Fascial Distortion Model

12:00-1:00 pm:  LUNCH

1:00-1:30 pm: Review of Fascial Distortions

1:30-2:30 pm: Treatment of Continuum Distortions & Trigger Bands

2:30-3:30 pm:  Treatment of Tectonic Fixation and Cylinder Distortions

3:30-3:45 pm:  BREAK

3:45-4:45 pm:  Treatment of Herniated Trigger Points and Folding Distortions

4:45-5:00 pm: Closing Remarks and Questions


Ian Killen DPT has been a practicing physical therapist with advanced training in connective tissue dysfunction.   He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2008 Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science after winning the David E. Reemsnyder award for excellence in the School of Health Sciences. He then furthered his education, attending the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Profession in Boston, graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. He has studied under some of the most well known and well respected physical therapists in the country, and completed his yearlong residency with Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy.
Ian’s worked at Therapeutic Associates in Boise for 1 year in an outpatient orthopedic setting before being hired by Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (OSPTA) in 2015.  While in Boise, Ian took continuing education learning in the Fascial Distortion Model and used it in practice consistently.  He is one of only 75 Physcial Therapist trained under the America Fascial Distortion Model Association.  Ian has also attended the Fascial Research Congress for further understanding of connective tissue and its role in underlying pathology.

With this extensive background in fascial research and practice, Ian is well equipped to educate other physical therapist on the benefits of treating connective tissue to improve patient outcomes.