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WHAT IS THE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN (FMS) ?

The FMS is a powerful paradigm shift in the way we look at and treat our patients.

Medicine has metrics that they check us with as patients to see how we are doing. These include blood pressure, blood panels and a variety of other screens. It allows your Dr. to have a quick screen to see how your health is. It is a way to compare your health over time and look for changes based on your previous baseline metrics.

What is isn’t is the reason for abnormal metrics, it simply gives a quick snapshot into your health. A high blood pressure reading doesn’t tell us any thing other than it is elevated.

This is what a screen is. If it is elevated, the next step is a deeper look through an assessment. In the musculoskeletal world that would be our next topic, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) which delves deeper into the WHY your screen was abnormal.

Until fifteen years we really did not have a metric to screen patients with for musculoskeletal system. We were guessing whether your improvement or non improvement was real or simply a short term reflexive change.

That was when Gray Cook PT created the FMS. We now have a way to screen individuals with a seven test screen, the FMS.

The FMS is for the non painful individual to be screened and looked at for three things, Mobility, Stability and Movement Patterns in three different stances, symetrical (feet side by side), split (like the splits or running) and single leg stance. This matters because our core operates differently based on how our stance is.

This screen takes ten minutes and seems basic to the non FMS trained provider, but the wealth of knowledge gained, gives us a look into how your body moves based on mobility, stability and the three movement patterns.

The FMS gives us a baseline to compare you to yourself and norms which have been created through thousands of previous screens.

The FMS allows us to increase your performance and manage risk of injury whether in the sports arena, work place or anything in between.

What it is in a nutshell, is a proactive way to manage injury risk. Through the screen you will be given a corrective exercise plan made for you and only you based on your FMS score.

This is truly the way health care should be, proactive and forward thinking.

If you have pain to begin with or pain occurs during the FMS, you will then be assessed by the SFMA which takes a closer look at WHY you hurt. The SFMA will be discussed on another page on this web site.

So, if you would like to increase you performance and or manage your risk of injury, Give us a call for your FMS.

What is the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)?

The SFMA is the FMS version for someone in pain. Both of these fall under the Functional Movement Systems.

The SFMA is what we use to delve deeper into WHY you have pain.
Pain is where the line is drawn in the decision making process of whether to utilize the FMS or SFMA.

The SFMA has at it’s core seven upper tier movement patterns looking at both the upper quadrant of our body (neck, mid back, shoulder blades, shoulders and rib cage) and the lower quadrant (low back, hips, pelvis, knees, ankles, feet and core).

The SFMA is a deeper look based on movement to decide what the up stream cause is to the downstream symptoms you are having. We know where the fire is, now we must find where the match was lit.

This is called interregional dependency. Every part of our body is connected through a 3D matrix of muscle, bone, ligaments, joints, nerves and fascia (the white stuff in meat that permeates a steak or roast).

So, a dysfunctional movement pattern in one part of the body can be the cause of your pain in another.

In other words, we may treat at the site of your pain, but we need to know where it all started. This is the SFMA, a paradigm shift in the way we diagnose and treat you as a patient.

It gives us a baseline so we can Test-Treat and Retest to see if we are on the right path. With our this, too much is left to chance and you deserve and are paying for better.

So, if you have a new injury or a chronic pain that has not resolved, you may very well need a new point of view, the SFMA. It has truly changed how this office looks at you and our outcomes on difficult cases.

MOVE WELL FIRST. THEN MOVE MORE