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What are the Benefits of SFMS?

The FMA is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain - not just the source - by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.


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Functional Movement Screen

The selective functional assessment (SFMA) is an assessment designed to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions. The SFMA guides the clinician to identify individual movement pattern deficiencies and the provocation of pain within movement patterns that is unique to each individual. For example, three different low back pain patients can have three different movement profiles demonstrating different levels of competency with movement pattern mobility and stability. This provides a method to look beyond the patient’s structure or medical diagnosis to form the best, most efficient and effective path to musculoskeletal treatment and exercise intervention.

In addition, the SFMA affords the opportunity for reassessment. This means when we treat a specific area of the body with movement impairment we can quickly see if that treatment changed only local movement or influenced global movement competency.

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