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Things to know about the Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment.

Both FMS and SFMA, are the tools that can collectively help in assessing the cause and effect of any physical problem resulting from an injury or health condition.

Functional Movement Screen or (FMS)
FMS is a screening tool that helps in assessing the extent of motor control as per the pattern of the movement, competence of basically uncomplicated movements and fundamental movements. It also helps in determining the areas with the greatest deficiency of movement, demonstrating asymmetries or limitations and correlating the information to derive ultimate results. You can use appropriate measurements, as required, after determining the areas of greatest deficiency or asymmetries once.

How the FMS works.

FMS includes seven types of movement tests to assess the extent of balance in the stability and mobility of the patient. These movements provide enough information for a provider to witness any imbalances of vulnerable movements for the athlete.

FMS demonstration

An example of the assessments for the FMS evaluation.

Being not a diagnostic tool FMS does not include a proper built-in or breakout reduction of movement regarding each type of movement pattern. It helps in imposing the least standards on the movement patterns for active people. In this way, FMS need not identify any other thing except the extent of asymmetries or limitations of the movement pattern of the patient instead of diagnosing the cause of weakness.

The main target of FMS are the professionals who are involved in the works related to the movement of their body parts like recreation, exercise, athletics, and fitness, etc. It can also be utilized for assessing the moving asymmetries and limitations of the people working in fire service, industries, military and other occupations based on intense activities.

But instead of focusing on the pain in the body parts, FMS focuses on the effectiveness of the patterns of their basic movements. In this way, Functional Movement Screen can be used not only to assess the movement of healthy and active people but also of healthy but inactive folks who are willing to improve the movement of their body.

The professionals listed here can benefit from FMS and SFMA Techniques.

· The professionals related to golf and tennis

· Instructors of recreational activity

· Coaches for sports and conditioning services

· Instructors for outdoor activities

· Safety and health instructors

· Physical educationists

· Yoga instructors

· Dance instructors

· Pilates Instructors

· Massage therapists

· Personal trainers

· Trainers for athletic activities

· Physical therapists

· Strength coaches

· Medical physicians

· Chiropractic physicians

Selective Functional Movement Assessment or SFMA

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment, or SFMA, is a diagnostic tool which can be used to find out the deficiencies in regional movements causing pain and other local symptoms.

How the SFMA works.
Like FMS SFMA also has a seven tier assessment system or tests to assess the extent of dysfunction as well as pain separately, if possible, to determine the breakouts. In this way, it helps in recognizing the patterns of the movement where exercise may or may not be the main cause of the problem.

As a tool, SFMA can be used to assess musculoskeletal even in the presence of the pain. In this way, it helps in examining the patient initially though it may not be much useful in certain acute cases. Apart from finding out the areas of asymmetric functioning that can make the examination process difficult it is used to suggest corrective exercises in a clinic with a new perspective.

The professionals working on the patients having pain in a movement are the main target of SFMA. The health care professionals focusing on evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the problems in the musculoskeletal region use it for choosing the best possible therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Other professionals who can use SFMA may include:
· Physiotherapists

· Athletic Trainers

· Medical physicians

· Chiropractic Physicians

Thus, Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment complements each other in assessing the physical movement patterns of the patient even if the way of their working is different from each other.

Not into FMS or SFMA? Then, check out another cutting-edge advanced procedure we do at BioMechanics of Las Vegas. It’s called Active Release Techniques, or ART.