Selective Functional Movement Assessment | Downtown Edmonton

“Don’t add strength on top of dysfunction.” – Gray Cook

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 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.

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I would highly recommend Adam to anyone with any type of skeletal problems such as those I had exhibited. He is very thorough and very knowledgeable…and he gets results!!

Jade is the best! She kept me safe while recovering from a back injury and working full time. I found she was really great at adapting exercises and treatment to my pain level.

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Jade in particular was an exemplary PT with an unprecedented aptitude for combining treatment with compassion. It’s rare to see someone so passionate and so dedicated to delivering exceptional care every single day. I would certainly recommend her services to newcomers because she explains the etiology of injuries well and works hard to facilitate recovery during sessions and offers good advice to work on after the session is complete.

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