A sensor for detecting micro-movements is provided herein. In various embodiments, the sensor includes a looped structure formed of a continuous multi-mode optical fiber arranged into a plurality of loops disposed substantially in a plane. Each loop within the looped structure is partially overlapping yet laterally offset from neighboring loops. The sensor further includes a light source coupled to a first end of the looped structure, a receiver coupled to a second end of the looped structure, and one or more control and processing modules. Related methods of manufacture and use are also disclosed.