Functional Movement Screen | FMS

9 March 2017
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The Functional Movement Screen assesses how an individual moves. It captures fundamental movements, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It will determine the greatest areas of movement deficiency, demonstrate limitations or asymmetries, and eventually correlate these with an outcome. Once you find the greatest asymmetry or deficiency, you can use additional screens that are more precise if needed.


The original idea of the screen was to portray movement-pattern quality with a simple grading system of movement appraisal; it’s not intended to diagnose or measure isolated joint movement. The FMS consists of 7 movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability. Clients are placed in these positions where weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable by a medical professional. The FMS is not a training tool, it is an instrument for rating and ranking movements.


Many people are able to perform a wide range of activities, yet are unable to efficiently execute the movements in the screen. For example, most rugby players could probably deadlift over 100kg, but may find it very challenging to roll over on to their stomach. Those who score poorly on the screens are using compensatory movement patterns during regular activities. If these compensations continue, sub-optimal movement patterns are reinforced, leading to poor biomechanics and possibly contributing to a future injury.


Our therapists are fully trained in using the Functional Movement Screen and providing corrective exercises to improve the dysfunctions found from  the screen. If you are an athlete, engage in physical activity, or want to improve your movement and performance please do not hesitate to contact us today


Yours in Health,

The Lawlor Clinic: Portlaoise

Chiropractic | Physiotherapy | Active Release Techniques (ART®)

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