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Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA/FMS)

Active Spine & Sports Care

Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the product of an exercise philosophy known as Functional Movement Systems. This exercise philosophy and corresponding set of resources is based on sound science, years of innovation, and current research.

Our practitioners monitor the FMS score of their patients to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

How FMS works?

FMS is a special ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that considered as key movements for normal function. By screening these patterns, doctors identify functional limitations and asymmetries in a patient.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

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The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in people who suffer musculoskeletal pain. Our doctors study the movement of the patient and his moving patterns. This gives them 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 and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.

SFMA allows our doctors to treat our patients implementing a new approach – isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.

Modeled after Cyriax’s selective tissue testing, each test of the SFMA is scored as functional / non-painful, dysfunctional / non-painful, functional / painful, or dysfunctional / painful. The goal is to identify the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern and break the pattern down to identify the underlying cause of the dysfunction. This includes using traditional muscle length and joint assessment tests which lead to corrective manual therapy and exercise interventions. Emphasis is placed on identifying the most dysfunctional patterns. The model calls for the intervention to be directed only at the non-painful patterns. This ensures that the adverse effects of pain on motor control will not hinder corrective strategies.

The SFMA serves to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of the movement system into musculoskeletal practice. Additionally, it provides feedback for the effectiveness of the therapeutic exercise program, which targets the dysfunctional movement pattern and related impairments.