FMS (Functional Movement Screen)
A Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is the most effective tool we have for assessing your current musculoskeletal health. It quickly helps us identify dangerous movement patterns, and indicates a patient’s readiness to exercise. This test enables us to set realistic, attainable goals that will decrease the risk of injury or re-injury. FMS can be applied at all health and fitness levels and will provide a baseline measure of performance improvement.
FMS works by simplifying movement. A provider will watch a specific set of movement patterns, and then each pattern is graded using a specific set of guidelines. After the screen is completed, the provider will be able to prescribe appropriate corrective exercises and monitor the patient’s progress through future testing.
SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)
Movement is something that can be altered by pain, muscular imbalances, and poor flexibility. Sustained changes in movement may lead to decreased range of motion in our joints, changes to the length of muscle tissue, and a decline in strength. Abnormal movement also increases the risk of injury.
A Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is used to identify any abnormal movement patterns by looking at posture, flexibility, balance, and strength, and how all of these things work in unison to produce movement. Findings from the SFMA are then used to recommend treatment that will target the abnormal movement patterns to correct them.