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Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

What is the SFMA ?

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a diagnostic test system that analyzes and documents dysfunctions and pain in movement patterns.

How does the SFMA work ?

The SFMA comprises a series of seven fundamental movement tests that were developed to investigate musculoskeletal pain. The results bring the therapist to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then examined in detail. Restoration of the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern may be accomplished by manual therapy and therapeutic exercise which do not usually cause pain. The SFMA gives the therapist insight into the relationship between the various body segments and how limitations in a particular segment can have a negative effect on the function of a segment elsewhere in the system.

What is the goal of the SFMA ?

The goal of the practitioner is to first identify the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern and then to treat the underlying cause of the dysfunction. The SFMA uses traditional muscle length and joint tests that determine whether manual therapy and exercise interventions are needed. When we are in pain or there is a weakness and stiffness often we compensate by substituting muscles or moving in a dysfunctional pattern. Over time this motion compensation will cause pain and lead to protective movement behavior or fear to move. This ultimately results in restrictions such as muscle length changes and decrease in strength. A purely local approach for the evaluation or treatment of the complaint will in many cases lead to a complete recovery of function. The SFMA on other hand offers an answer because it goes beyond the traditional local kinematic approach and can be instrumental in the treatment of chronic or resistant pain by identifying other causes away from the painful site.

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