Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Founded on global movement assessment and regional interdependence, or the concept that dysfunction can lie in parts of the body remote from the site of pain, the SFMA provides a framework that guides the therapist to the most dysfunctional structure that is adversely affecting a global movement pattern. The SFMA also provides an unique objective assessment system to incorporate a movement pattern baseline for both treatment and performance optimization. Using the SFMA, movement patterns are systematically broken down into component parts to elicit whether the dysfunction involves joint mobility, tissue extensibility or motor control issues in order to guide appropriate treatment. This also allows SMFA practitioners to quickly assess whether these interventions have affected only local movement competency or effected a longstanding change in global movement patterning.