The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a movement-based diagnostic system, a series of seven full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental movement patterns in those with musculoskeletal pain.
The seven movements of the SFMA help identify the limitations of an individual’s movements and at what point in those movements pain arises. The SFMA then systematically finds the cause of pain by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
As each of the seven movements are broken down, it can be determined whether the limitations are due to soft tissue tightness, joint restriction, or motor control dysfunction.
A key concept in looking at movement patterns is regional interdependence – the idea that because everything in the body is connected, an impairment or limitation in one seemingly unrelated body part may be contributing to or associated with a person’s primary, painful complaint.
By determining and addressing the root cause of pain, overall treatment is more effective and efficient.
The SFMA is good for almost anyone who is having pain during movement. From the office worker whose back hurts when they stand up and step away from the desk to the marathon runner planning on running the next LA Marathon, the SFMA is a useful tool to assess their movement.