Functional Screening & Injury Prevention
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of seven full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain.
When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.
The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy including Active Release Techniques, Dry Needling and therapeutic & Corrective exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.
Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
The Functional Movement Screen is an innovative system used to evaluate movement pattern quality for clients and athletes. The screen is comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability and place the individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable.
FMS provides a consistent and reliable testing method easily identifying movement limitations and dysfunction. It allows us to set progressive corrective strategies that help to improve efficiency, durability, and performance. The Functional Movement Screen provides an enhanced foundation for exercise and performance programming.