What is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS)?

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an assessment tool used to identify asymmetries in functional movement patterns. The FMS identifies imbalances in stability and mobility with the use of 7 movement screens and 3 pain clearance screens.

The FMS is designed to highlight whether an imbalance is due to a mobility or motor control deficit. An example of this maybe, if someone has the capacity to take a joint through a normal full range of motion ROM, yet they are unable to access the ROM during a functional movement, the problem is most probably a motor control one.

In response to the information obtained during the FMS, corrective exercises can be prescribed to address any imbalances, and improve movement qualities.

The FMS is best suited for use with individuals or athletes who regularly perform functional movements as part of their training.

FMS has the potential to highlight movement inadequacies that maybe the source of soft tissue or joint pain, or irritation. The FMS is particularly useful when more traditional clinical testing fails to identify a problem that is grounded in functional movements.

The 7 screens are:
Deep Squat
Hurdle Step
In-line Lunge
Active Straight-leg Raise
Trunk Stability Push-up
Rotary Stability
Shoulder Mobility

The FMS can be delivered as a standalone assessment, or may form part of a tailor-made wellness solutions.

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