The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain by assessing dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment. The SFMA is used to understand the importance of pain being produced during movement and how pain or dysfunction can alter motor control. The information gathered in the assessment is used to develop an initial therapeutic strategy and initiate the most appropriate treatment interventions (manual therapy and functional exercise) into the traditional rehabilitation program to normalize dysfunctional movement


The functional movement screen is used to assess movement quality by measuring seven fundamental movements that are key to daily life. It scores individuals in a simple way to determine if their movement patterns are optimal, acceptable or dysfunctional. It is used as a tool to explain the role of mobility, motor control, and functional patterns in fundamental movement. This screen can be used to explain the purpose and application of corrective exercise based on screening results.

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