Selective Functional Movement Assessment® (SFMA)

How it Works - Assessing Fundamental Movement

The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain and is meant to be used by licensed health care providers.  The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.


This systematic process allows us to clearly match our treatment intervention to your main problem. This model allows us to efficiently integrate the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into our practice and provide you with better solutions to your problems.


What it Does - Stops the Chasing of Pain

When incorporating the results of the SFMA into our treatment plan we focus on the dysfunctional, non-painful patterns. It is the Dysfunctional Non-Painful (DN) pattern that will most often lead us to the source of a regional problem causing local pain. This is our starting place that takes us through a further logical breakdown process to determine the appropriate corrective exercise and treatment strategies. For example, the nagging lumbar pain that persists may have its origin in an asymmetry in an extremity pattern, postural and alignment issues outside of the lumbar spine, or lumbar spine stability and motor-control issues, which may include inappropriate lumbar flexion instead of hip hinging.

Functional Movement Screen®         (FMS)

How it Works - Simplifying Movement

The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. The movement patterns in the FMS are more challenging than those used in the SFMA.  The FMS is used clinically for patients that are not currently experiencing musculoskeletal pain after rehabilitation and clearing of issues identified in the SFMA or as a pre-activity or pre-habilitation screen.  By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.


The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.


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.


What it Does - Widespread Benefits

The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved - individuals, exercise professionals, and medical professionals.

Communication - The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and medical professionals to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

Evaluation - The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

Standardization - The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety - The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.

Corrective Strategies - The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.