Functional Movement System

Functional Movement System

The Functional Movement System consists of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).  The System is based on the premises that:
Movement Matters:  movement quality is an essential component to reducing the risk of injury and reaching optimal levels of performance.
Systematic Approach: A reliable baseline to screen and evaluate movement is key to providing actionable and effective steps for performance and recovery.
Communication: The system allows for performance and rehabilitation professionals to speak the same language when communicating client progress and treatment.
Network: Build a referral network by connecting and collaborating with professionals who share the passion for functional movement.
Selective Functional Movement Assessment
The SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) is the diagnostic assessment tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries and establish a baseline when pain or a musculoskeletal injury is present.  The SFMA is a clinical organization method to rank the quality of functional movements and their provocation of symptoms developed by Gray Cook et al.  The SFMA is considered the “Clinical” FMS.  When pain is on board that individual is not a candidate for the FMS and should be evaluated with the SFMA.  The goal is to capture the patterns of posture and function for comparison against a baseline.  When a clinician performs a SFMA it identifies that patient’s movement signature and becomes the map to navigate their rehabilitative process.  Principles from the SFMA are used daily in the clinical audit process in our chiropractic and physical therapy treatment protocols.  Dr. Wong is our resident specialist on the SFMA.

Functional Movement Screen
FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are keys to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.  The assessment consists of the big three: Squat, Hurdle Step, and In-Line Lunge; along with the little four: Shoulder Mobility, ASLR, Trunk Stability Push-up, and Rotary Stability.  These assessments are graded from 0-3.  The best score an individual can receive is a 21.
These movement patterns are designed to provide reproducible performance of basic athletic patterns that require mobility, stability, and motor learning.  By placing an individual in extreme positions weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if a lack of appropriate mobility, stability, and/or motor control is not utilized.  At CSC+M we utilize the FMS to establish a baseline, screen, and as an exit interview to guide HEP.  Dr. Sunny Wong is our resident specialist on the FMS.

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I found my way to the Center for Spine Care + Mobility because I was looking for an integrated approach to treat injury-induced headaches. I used to go to an integrated physical therapy/chiropractic care center before I moved to New York from California, so I expected CSC+M to be a similar experience. Working with Dr. Schuman, Jinita, Denise, and Sandra and experiencing their targeted, attentive care is the reason why CSC+M surpassed all my expectations. My experience with CSC+M has not only helped eradicate my headaches but is helping me learn how to control and strengthen my body to correct bad habits and prevent further injuries. Not to mention the facilities are clean and comfortable and the entire staff is friendly and welcoming every time I come in. I would 100% recommend CSC+M to anyone looking for physical therapy or chiropractic work in general - why have just one form of treatment when you can have it all?!

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