Selective Functional Movement Screen (SFMA)

Selective Functional Movement Screen (SFMA)





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 trying several chiropractors, to no avail, Dr. Ellen McNally has helped me find relief from my back pain. From the initial visit to my discharge, Dr. McNally had always taken her time with me to figure out the best way to give me releif from my back pain. Not only did she manipulate my spine but she also did ART (active Release Technique) which I have found to be a key element that has enabled me to feel better. Dr. Mcnally worked along with my physical therapist to help me achieve my pain free goal. I cannot thank her enough. I would highly recommend her to all of my family and friends. 

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