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Selective Functional Movement Assessment


Selective Functional Movement Assessment

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a comprehensive assessment used to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions. The SFMA is a system that helps Integral physiotherapists incorporate a movement pattern baseline into the examination. It does not replace impairment measurements or other specialized testing. It simply creates a more pattern-specific perspective of how each individual client moves in relationship to their anatomical information and their medical diagnosis.

The entire team at Integral were great. I went for my first ever physio appointment after Jade was able to fit me in last minute, which was greatly appreciated! The check-in process was very easy and the team was very professional. Once in, Jade took the time to ask me a variety of questions to help assess my situation. She explained everything that she was doing and I felt very comfortable for my first ever appointment. The environment was very relaxed and all the staff were friendly. I would recommend them to anyone needing their services.

Phillip Chiu

How does it help?

The SFMA helps Integral physiotherapists identify individual movement pattern deficiencies and the provocation of pain within movement patterns that is unique to each individual. It is easy to see how three low back pain clients can have three different movement profiles, each demonstrating different levels of competency with movement pattern mobility and stability issues. It is important to not simply look at a client’s structure or medical diagnosis when trying to formulate the best, most efficient and effective path to musculoskeletal treatment and exercise intervention.

What happens to movement following injury?

This is a complex question but we have learned that the response to movement following injury is more complicated than previously thought. By considering risk factors for why an injury occurred, we gain a better understanding of what is happening in the motor control system after injury. It is clear from the literature that previous injury is by far the most powerful factor related to future injury. With this fact in mind, Integral physiotherapists work to uncover our clients underlying movement impairments to reduce their risk of subsequent re-injury.

Learn more about on the Functional Movement Systems website.

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