Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)


The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess seven fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

This allows to us find movement problems at distant regions of the body responsible for your pain that would otherwise go undetected. Using this information, we formulate a treatment plan involving a series of mobility and strengthening exercises to restore optimal movement and function.

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. For more information contact us at East Brunswick, NJ center.