SFMA- Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Segmental Rotation

Segmental Rotation

Do you know anyone who while standing, sitting or lying down doesn’t have any pain but as soon as they bend over to pick something up from the floor their back hurts or they can’t return to a standing position? How about the person who isn’t in pain until they reach the back 9 of the golf course or until he/she walks an extra mile in the morning?

These people would benefit from an evaluation which assesses their functional movements.   The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a system that helps a physical therapist incorporate a movement pattern into the musculoskeletal examination.  This assessment consists of specific movements to direct a physical therapist’s manual therapy and therapeutic exercise program.  Performing these tests also allows us to obtain a baseline so after we treat the area we can retest to see how much the treatment helped. Unlike the FMS, the SFMA can only be performed by a licensed health professional certified in the SFMA.

Functional Squat

Functional Squat

The SFMA is different than most examination tools and exercise programs because it focuses on functional movement patterns, the same patterns we learned while developing from an infant to toddler to adolescent.  When we train your muscles to perform through similar functional movements they respond quicker.

For more information please visit: http://www.sfma.com/site/index.php