Functional Movement Systems
Move well. Move often.
The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) form a part of a system of movement assessment and correction called the Functional Movement System. This system was developed by Gray Cook MSPT, OCS CSCS to provide a framework within which to address movement issues and disorders. The principles of the system are applicable to anybody.
By using a series of fundamental movement patterns this system allows a clinician to view and assess movement quality in their patients, and therefore determine how to identify and correct dysfunctional movement patterns. Poor movement can underly an injury or issue, and may contribute to a greater risk of future injury and longer recovery times from such injuries.
Addressing movement dysfunction may take the form of hands-on manual therapy, or corrective and rehabilitative exercise. With the framework of the FMS and SFMA providing a road-map to better movement, the Functional Movement Systems may contribute to better outcomes for patients where movement dysfunctions underlie their issue.