The FMS documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. The movements in the FMS are more challenging than those used in the SFMA. The FMS is for patients that are not currently experiencing pain or as a pre-activity or pre-habilitation screen. The FMS identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
We can monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual. It also allows a common language of communication between the clinician and coaches or other exercise professionals such as Pilates instructors, yoga instructors and personal trainers.
The FMS generates a score, which is used to target problems and track progress. The score points to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.