The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.
The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.
SFMA offers doctors and physical therapists a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Our standardized clinical model ensures isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.
After several years of physical therapy for a piriformis syndrome diagnosis and a minimal amount of relief, I was concerned that I was going to have to live with the condition for the rest of my life. I researched Sports Chiropractors and luckily I contacted Dr. Ellen McNally at the Chiropractic Performance Center. From the first visit I have made steady improvement through her treatments and coordination with the rest of my team -- my physical trainer and massage therapist. I finally feel that this condition will not be a life-long malady; I look forward to being pain free, thanks to the coordination, communication, and focused therapy of my team.”