Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

The SFMA is a movement-based diagnostic system that systematically finds the cause of pain – not just the source – by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment. This head-to-toe assessment helps to identify areas where the body is not working properly and to determine whether the problem is lack of mobility, stability, strength or motor control. The client will be given an exercise program to address their unique movement profile. In addition to helping alleviate pain, this assessment may help prevent injury and optimize performance.

What is the difference between the SFMA and FMS?

Both the SFMA and Functional Movement Systems (FMS) were developed by Gray Cook and his colleagues, which is why people often confuse the two. However, they are different tools designed for different purposes. SFMA is an initial assessment that assesses the quality of the movements and identifies musculoskeletal dysfunction (abnormality) in a diagnostic capacity. FMS uses a series of full-body movements to identify possible imbalances in mobility (range of motion) and stability (motor control) in a screening capacity.

For whom is the SFMA appropriate?

The SFMA is appropriate and for anyone who is experiencing pain. It can aid in treating any injury or condition because it gets to the root cause of the pain, not just the source of the symptoms.

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