Functional movement is based on real-world movement patterns and is defined by the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for efficient, pain-free movement. Functional movements take place in various movement planes and utilize multiple joints, which places demand on the body’s core musculature and ability to stabilize. These movements require the activation and coordination of many muscle groups in several positions, ranges of motion, and varying intensities to achieve a common goal.

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an innovative system developed to evaluate for movement imbalances in uninjured people. The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require the balance between both mobility and stability. These tests can quickly and efficiently demonstrate limitations and asymmetries in basic movement patterns.  We utilize the FMS to both identify and correct functional limitations by improving durability, flexibility, physical capacity, and movement competency.

If an injury or musculoskeletal pain are present, we utilize the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) to further identify and assess impairments contributing to the problem. Pain and injury in one area is often the result of movement dysfunction somewhere else in the body. The goal of the SFMA is to identify the most dysfunctional movement pattern to determine the underlying cause of the dysfunction. Based on the findings of the SFMA, treatments are recommended that target abnormal movement patterns. These treatments can reduce pain, enhance athletic performance, and prevent injuries.