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Functional Movement Screening & Testing
What is Functional Movement Screen?
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool used to assess an individual’s movement patterns and identify potential areas of dysfunction or weakness that may lead to injury. The FMS consists of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility, stability, and motor control. These movements include deep squat, hurdle step, inline lunge, shoulder mobility, active straight leg raise, trunk stability push-up, and rotary stability.
During the FMS, a trained professional observes the individual performing each movement and assigns a score based on their ability to complete the movement pattern with proper form and without compensation. The scores are then used to identify areas of weakness or limitation that may need to be addressed through corrective exercises or further evaluation.
The FMS is used in a variety of settings, including sports medicine, physical therapy, and fitness training, as a way to assess an individual’s readiness for activity and to develop individualized exercise programs. By identifying areas of dysfunction and addressing them with corrective exercises, the FMS can help prevent injury and improve performance in individuals of all fitness levels.
Functional Movement Screen Compliments Bodywork
Identifying Areas of Weakness
FMS can identify areas of weakness or dysfunction in an individual's movement patterns that may not be apparent during a bodywork session. This information can be used to develop targeted exercises or stretches to address these issues, which can complement the bodywork by improving overall movement and reducing the risk of injury.
FMS can improve communication between the bodywork practitioner and the client by providing a common language and framework for understanding movement patterns and areas of limitation.
Improving Functional Outcomes
By addressing areas of weakness or dysfunction identified through FMS, the individual may experience improved functional outcomes, such as increased range of motion, improved stability, and decreased pain.
Customizing Treatment Plans
FMS can be used to customize treatment plans for individuals based on their specific movement patterns and areas of weakness, which can complement bodywork by ensuring that the treatment is targeted and effective.
Providing Objective Data
FMS provides objective data that can be used to track progress and demonstrate the effectiveness of bodywork and other interventions.
Enhancing Injury Prevention
By identifying areas of weakness or dysfunction, FMS can help to prevent injuries from occurring, which can complement bodywork by reducing the need for more extensive treatment in the future.