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Functional Movement SFMA

Selective Functional Movement

Nobody has the same functional capacity but our goal is to get you to yours.

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT / SFMA

The purpose of the SFMA is to assess the patient who is already in pain and to discover regional movement dysfunctions that cause local symptoms. The SFMA addresses the critical issue of regional interdependence. Regional interdependence is seen throughout the interconnection of the myofascial, neural and even circulatory systems. It really is as simple as this; when one part moves, the whole body responds.

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Get the Relief You Need

Planning effective care needs an accurate starting place. A functional diagnosis that demonstrates posture and movement patterns is crucial. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is an excellent tool for this task. The evaluation and discovery phase of a patient takes all of 10 minutes.

 

The purpose of the SFMA is to assess the patient who is already in pain and to discover regional movement dysfunctions that cause local symptoms. The SFMA addresses the critical issue of regional interdependence. Regional interdependence is seen throughout the interconnection of the myofascial, neural and even circulatory systems. It really is as simple as this; when one part moves, the whole body responds.

The Seven Assessments

There are seven movement assessments that comprise the Selective Functional Movement Assessment. These

tests seem simple or basic, but it is the interpretation of them that is difficult part.
 

  1. Cervical Spine Movement Assessment with three components: flexion chin to chest, extension face parallel to ceiling, chin left and right to shoulders.

  2. Upper Extremity Movement Pattern of the shoulder. Pattern one assesses internal rotation, extension and abduction of the shoulder; pattern two assesses external rotation, flexion and abduction of the shoulder. This may also include a pain provocation test.

  3. Multi-Segmental Flexion Assessment. It starts with the patient standing erect. They bend forward at the hips attempting to touch their fingertips to the tips of their toes.

  4. Multi-Segmental Extension Assessment, which tests for normal extension of the shoulders, hips and spine.

  5. Multi-Segmental Rotation Assessment where the objective is to test normal rotational mobility in the neck, trunk, pelvis, hips, knees and feet.

  6. Single-Leg-Stance Assessment and evaluates independent stabilization of each leg with dynamic leg swings.

  7. Overhead Deep Squat Assessment for bilateral symmetrical mobility of the hips, knees and ankles. When the patient’s arms are overhead, it also tests mobility of the shoulders and extension of the thoracic spine.

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