What is the Selective Functional Movement Assessment?
Plain and simple, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment provides the standard operating procedure to guide the treatment (both at the evaluation as well as at follow-up sessions).
Why is this important? Well, it keeps us from “crashing and burning”, so to say…
The early days of aviation were downright dangerous. Planes crashed due to a number of factors ranging from equipment failure to pilot error to environmental issues.
But almost overnight, the crash rates dropped. Not because of better planes or better pilots, but because of the adoption of a standard operating procedure.
The standard operating procedure required a plane to remain grounded until the pilot (and crew) completed their checklist. If this, then this and this and that. If that, then this and this. And so on and so on…
They eliminated the unturned stones and by doing so created a clearer picture of a complex activity. They were either ready or not ready. There was no gray area.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) does the same for the evaluation…
There area only seven basic movements that make up the SFMA. Each movement is performed in standing. And each of those movements either meets a standard or it doesn’t…
If it does, then we move on to the next movement. But if it doesn’t, then we follow a mapped out system to explore “why”.
The SFMA is an essential component to unveil the true cause behind your pain complaints. It’s a key component to being able to administer treatment that is successful in meeting both your immediate needs (like resolving your pain) and your long term goals (like returning to a high level of activity).
The SFMA is the standard operating procedure that keeps you from taking off too soon and crashing down!
At Modern Athlete PT, the SFMA is used with every patient in conjunction with Postural Restoration principles and a thorough orthopedic examination. This process creates a comprehensive map of your body’s movement system. This ensures that meaningful information is not overlooked as it relates to your body’s ability to create smooth, effortless and pain-free movement!
Understanding this map of your movement system is critical to help you reach your goals…
Unfortunately, not all therapists, chiropractors, or doctors rely on creating a meaningful map of your body. Meaning that they may take a lot of measurements and do a lot of tests, but that data doesn’t necessarily reveal WHY there is a problem. For example, they may spend time making a muscle stronger if it tested weak, but that doesn’t address WHY it was weak in the first place.
If your only goal is to reduce short-term pain complaints, then the typical process may be just fine.
If your goal is to return to a high level of activity AND reduce the risk of becoming injured again, then finding the WHY and fixing it becomes critical.
Are you interested in finding out if using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment will be helpful in discovering the “why” behind your issues? If so, I can help answer that question (and any others) at your free 30-minute Discovery Visit.
Discovery Visits are informational sessions designed to provide you with the answers to help you feel more confident about making the decision that’s best for you…
And there’s no risk to you for scheduling a Discovery Visit…It’s 100% free. Plus, there’s no need to get a referral from your doctor or check with your insurance.
Your only investment is the 30 minutes to complete the Discovery Visit. You’ll begin by telling me about your issues, then I’ll put you through a basic assessment. From there, I’ll be better able to answer your questions, including what I see going on and the various ways you may find a solution.
(Of course, you understand that since this is a free informational visit, no treatment will be provided.)
Click on the button above to learn more about Discovery Visits and find out if using the Selective Functional Movement Assessment will help you reach your goals faster!