Functional Movement Systems – SFMA and FMS
Functional Movement Systems is the think tank behind the sfma and fms. Read more for information about each below.
Progressive Chiropractic offers Selective Functional Movement Assessments as part of an integrated physical assessment.
The SMFA is a ‘top to toe’ systematic approach to movement based functional diagnosis. It looks beyond what is painful or symptomatic to get to the heart of the problem. From the website – “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.” This assessment is integrated with orthopaedic and neurological tests to make a sound and thorough diagnosis beyond simply identifying a tissue in lesion. In some cases medical imaging such as MRI, CT or X-ray may be required to confirm preliminary diagnosis.
The Functional Movement Screen – FMS – offers patients a great baseline for their basic movement capabilities beyond symptoms of pain. It quickly highlights any latent deficiencies that have the potential to cause injury or increase the risk of injury in anyone. Seven basic movement competencies are assessed on a simple 4 point scale (0-3). This gives a total out of 21. Asymmetries and scores below 2(functional) are noted and form the basis of functional enhancement strategies.