SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment)  and FMS (Functional Movement Systems)

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, Dr. Muscari has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA. 

The assessment guides Dr. Muscari towards the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.

SFMA offers Dr. Muscari a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Our standardized clinical model ensures isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.

What is the Functional Movement Screen?

SFMA is the clinical application of FMS. Functional Movement Screens is a way of assessing where you’re at, and the SFMA is a system for breaking down the movements to improve FMS scores.

Benefits of FMS testing:

  • Focus on the fundamentals of movement
  • Facilitate communication with both clients and physicians
  • Identify physical imbalances, limitations, and weaknesses
  • Establish a functional baseline to mark progress
  • Improve fundamental movement patterns with simple corrective exercises
  • Individualize training and conditioning programs for specific results
  • Reduce the potential for training and sports injuries