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 twisting. This allows the clinician to identify impairments that, while seemingly unrelated to the primary complaint, contribute to the problem and often hinder full recovery.
Look at it this way. When you head to the hospital for shooting arm pain, the immediate course of action is to check your heart, not your arm. The symptoms down your arm are just a result of a problem elsewhere in the body. Similarly, the SFMA focuses on underlying dysfunctional movement to find the cause of pain, not just the source. This concept is better known as regional interdependence – how seemingly unrelated problems are actually driving the dysfunction.
This approach complements the traditional physical examination by integrating posture, muscle imbalance, and movement patterns with the goal to alleviate pain and injury, optimize movement, and prevent recurrence.
For more info, please visit the associated website: www.sfma.com