Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the FMS?
Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.

What it does....
The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved - individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.

Communication - The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.

Evaluation - The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.

Standardization - The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.

Safety - The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.

Corrective Strategies - The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.

Testimonials

When I first came to see Dr McNally, I was in bad shape. After running the Boston Marathon for a second time, I had developed a chronic popping in my left knee. It was so bad, that I was worried I'd never be able to run long distances ever again. On top of that, I had developed chronic pain in my lower back that was keeping me awake for nights on end. 

From the moment I walked through the door, Dr McNally's energy, optimism and can-do spirit started my healing process. In just my first session, she diagnosed that I had a spondylolisthesis in my lower spine, I had a weak psoas muscle in my core, and that I was over-training the wrong muscles and under-training the muscles I needed for running.

She gave me a few simple exercises to do daily and talked me through what exercises were over-developing my quadriceps and hip flexers which were causing my knee popping. It wasn't easy adapting my gym routine, but I stuck to it (supported by her positivity and energy). Within two to three weeks, my knee popping subsided, and a few weeks after that, my back pain was gone for good.

I still do the exercises she gave me every day. They are so simple that I sometimes think that they couldn't have possibly brought this change in my life, but I have the evidence to prove it. I've dropped 90 seconds from my mile pace for my long runs, I walk taller, feel better, sleep like a baby, and this April, I'll be taking on the Boston Marathon again. This time, with Dr McNally's help, I'll definitely feel like a winner!

Ian Russell,

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