The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) take clients through several movement patterns assessing for movement dysfunctions and asymmetries.
The SFMA is a physical screen used on those with active musculoskeletal pain. It consists of 7 functional movements, which when performed by the patient, help direct the clinician to contributing impairments which may seem unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint.
The FMS is a physical screen, which is used on those who are not having active musculoskeletal pain. It is a grading system that documents movement patterns which are key to normal function. The FMS identifies functional limitations and asymmetries which will limit the effects of training and physical conditioning.
Movement dysfunctions and asymmetries can result in pain, injury or limited performance. Both of these movement screens allow us to objectively identify asymmetries and functional limitations that may be contributing to pain and/or limited performance. Based on the results of these screens, an individualized corrective exercise program can be designed to restore efficient and symmetrical movement.