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Functional Movement Screen

At Excel Physical Therapy, our therapists utilize innovative testing methods to get to the root cause of your problem. Treating only the symptoms may help in the short term, but the injury is likely to return, often in a worse way. To identify the root cause of an injury, therapists examine how your whole body moves.

Two assessments are commonly used:

1. Selective Functional Movement Assessment - SFMA

SFMA is a series of 7 full-body movement tests to assess fundamental patterns of movement, such as bending and squatting, in those with injuries. This assessment identifies specific movement impairments that can cause injury.

The SFMA identifies the most dysfunctional movement pattern, which is then assessed in further detail. This approach is designed to integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into a rehabilitation program. From the assessment results, targeted interventions (hands-on therapy and exercise) are used to most effectively fix the root cause.

2. Functional Movement Screen - FMS

FMS is a quick assessment for active individuals to determine if there are weaknesses that need to be addressed in a fitness program. The intent is injury prevention as opposed to actual treatment after the fact.

An FMS consists of 7 specific movements that reveal how efficiently an individual can move their body. The specific movements require a combination of coordination, mobility and stability. The certified clinician administering the test is trained to observe the quality and amount of movement executed. Movements are scored so improvements can be measured over time. The FMS is designed to detect weaknesses and deficiencies. These deficiencies are associated with an increased risk of injury.

Watch this video to see a quick demonstration of each movement.

By utilizing the assessments, weaknesses are exposed and corrective exercises are prescribed with the goal of balancing coordination, mobility and stability. This creates a solid foundation for fitness, work, daily activities and overall well-being.

Because these tests reveal areas of weakness and risk factors for injury, anyone who has an active job, participates in sports, or has active hobbies, is an ideal candidate for an FMS. The test takes about 20 minutes to administer and is offered at all of our locations!

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