Selective Functional Movement Assessment – SFMA

Selective Functional Movement Assessment – SFMA

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment is a paradigm shift in the assessment and treatment of orthopedic conditions. The SFMA is a comprehensive movement assessment used to categorize movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise choices. 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 selective functional movement assessment consists of 7 full body movements. These are fundamental movements of life, such as bending forward and squatting. When a non-painful dysfunctional movement is found the clinician then breaks out the movement into the segment parts and addresses those. Then after the intervention, manual therapy (massage), manipulation, mobilization, exercise or drill, the clinician reassess the progress of the movement.