Selective Functional Movement Assessment – SFMA
Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction.
It is a series of 7 different full-body movement tests which assess an individual’s fundamental patterns of movement.
The general principal behind the SFMA is that ‘normal’ movement is achieved through the incorporation of fundamental movement patterns, alongside mobility and stability.
When our body experiences pain, weakness or any structural irregularities it moves towards predictable patterns of movement as a means to protect itself. Key identifiers of this may include, a decrease of range of motion, muscle length changes or variations in strength.
SFMA enables practitioners to understand the complex relationship between the different parts of the body and how certain impairments/injuries, in one particular region may have an adverse effect on another.
The benefit of the functional tests is that it allows practitioners to better identify the areas of concern, which are not as obviously related to the main musculoskeletal complaint. The assessments enable practitioners to provide greater individualised treatment and specific therapeutic, exercise prescription.