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Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Whether you’re already in the know, have come across one of the most recent articles, or still don’t know about Selective Functional Movement Assessment, the doctors and clinicians have been using this diagnostic tool for years to benefit Olympic-caliber athletes, weekend warriors, and patients looking to perform everyday tasks pain-free.

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement - such as bending and squatting.   - in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.

The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions is not adversely affected by pain.

SFMA offers the doctors and trainers at Greenapple Sports and Wellness an holistic approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. As one of the oldest and most experienced clinics offering this type of assessment, we can ensure the identification of the source of injury, and the prescription of the most efficient care.