The SFMA is the movement based diagnostic system designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with or without known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.
This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice.
If you have a number of nagging injuries that may seem otherwise unrelated, an SFMA assessment may be the answer to find the underlying problem which could affect multiple structures.
The SFMA is also a useful tool for those people looking to begin an exercise or fitness program. The assessment will determine which exercises/movements are safe and appropriate for you and which require some work before starting. For example, many beginners injure themselves when trying complex exercises like a weighted squat for the first time due to a lack of ROM or motor control.
As rehabilitation and fitness professionals we urge you to come in for an SFMA assessment before the injury occurs!