Functional Movement Screening
Know Your Body's Functional Baseline
Southeast Physiotherapy is committed to helping clients return to sport and recreational activities safely. Besides. providing treatment of acute or ongoing injuries, Southeast Physiotherapy therapists also screen to prevent future injuries from hidden weaknesses or imbalance.
What is FMS?
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool that helps to identify movement limitations and asymmetries in the body. The screening process involves a series of seven tests that evaluate mobility, stability, and neuromuscular control. The FMS scores helps to identify areas of weakness or imbalance. Based on the scores, corrective exercises are prescribed to address any movement issues detected. By correcting these issues, athletes can reduce the risk of injury, and enhance their athletic performance.
FMS is for Everyone
The FMS isn't just for athletes. It can benefit the general population by identifying and addressing movement limitations and asymmetries that may lead to pain or injury. By correcting these issues, FMS can improve overall movement quality and reduce the risk of injury in daily activities such as lifting, carrying, and bending. Additionally, FMS can help reduce the risk of falls, particularly in older adults. By promoting proper movement patterns, FMS can also help to alleviate chronic pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is FMS, and how is it used?
FMS stands for Functional Movement Screen, which is a screening tool used to assess movement quality and identify movement limitations and asymmetries. It involves a series of seven tests that evaluate mobility, stability, and neuromuscular control. Based on the results, corrective exercises are prescribed to address any issues detected and improve movement quality.
Who can benefit from FMS?
FMS can benefit athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and the general population alike. It can help to identify movement limitations and asymmetries that may lead to pain, injury, or poor performance, and prescribe corrective exercises to address these issues. FMS can also benefit individuals who are recovering from injury or those with chronic pain, as it can help to promote proper movement patterns and reduce the risk of further injury.
Is FMS suitable for everyone?
FMS can be performed by anyone, regardless of their age or fitness level. However, individuals with acute injuries or those experiencing significant pain should wait until they have healed before undergoing FMS. Additionally, individuals with certain medical conditions or mobility impairments may need to modify or skip certain tests to ensure their safety. It's best to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before undergoing FMS if you have any concerns.
Feedback from Clients
27(M), Injury: hamstrings/abductors, Occupation: Paramedic
"Found the staff very knowledge. I was provided with a personalized program that was specific to my needs instead of cookie-cutter exercises. I still use the exercises as a warm-up to my gym routine. I recommend this program to athletes, everyone who is dealing with pain, to increase their mobility and improve their workout experiences".
36(F), Injury: hip & quads, Occupation: Bookkeeper
Q: Why did you want to try FMS? A:"I know that I didn't move correctly and needed to know the correct pattern of movement".
Q: How did you find the process of FMS? A:"Really good... I still use the movements for warm up with weightlifting".
Q: Who do you think would benefit from FMS? A: "Anyone who is working out or want to start a physical regime to make sure they are moving properly".
31(M), Injury: back Occupation: Law Enforcement
Q: How long were you dealing with back pain? A: "For at least half a year"
Q: What did you know about FMS before you started the program? A: "Not a lot, just what my [family member] mentioned when [they] were taking the course to be certified in FMS".
Q: What do you think about the process of FMS program? A:"Awesome! I received the information [I] needed and clear instructions. I still implement the exercises".
Q: Who do you think would benefit from FMS? A: "Anyone who is wanting to be active that has an injury".