We don't just want to know where the pain is, we want to know how you move. The way you move tells us more about how your body has adapted to your everyday life. For athletes, they need to know where their asymmetries lie. Much like the tires on a car, when there is a misalignment with the structure you will get uneven wear. The longer you go with misalignments and asymmetries the greater risk for injury.
- Recent research (January 2017) suggests the asymmetries (≥2 of the 7 tests) found in an FMS are directly correlated with with higher rates of injuries.
FMS is a ranking and grading system which consists of various movement tests that requires a balance of mobility and stability of the body. Competitive athletes and sports teams use this test to help access their range of movement and identify which types of exercises may lead to injury for the individual. Through a series of simple movements such as squats, leg raises and arm extensions, this screening test can help access areas that may need improvement. By identifying the areas that may need additional work, our patients are given a series of exercises to help improve their asymmetries or limitations, which in turn can prevent future injuries.
The SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) is a very similar exam to the FMS. This exam is more in-depth than the FMS and designed for patients currently dealing with pain. This exam is a series of movements designed to re-create the pain, while also magnifying other areas of dysfunction. These other areas of dysfunction could be contributing factors to their current state of pain. We use these findings to design specific progressive exercises to improve your foundation of movement and prevent future injuries.