Selective Functional Movement Assessment

What is Selective Functional Movement Assessment?

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of full-body movements that help to pinpoint dysfunctions in movement patterns by grading them on the quality of the movement. Being able to identify possible asymmetries in these movement patterns can help guide the therapist to the root cause of the problem.  

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What conditions are treated/improved/diagnosed with SFMA?

SMFA can be used to improve any musculoskeletal disorder that is caused by a movement dysfunction. It allows clinicians to identify and treat regions in the body that lack mobility (range of motion) or stability (motor control). 

You can benefit from the SFMA if: 

  • You are recovering from pain and/or injury
  • You are suffering from mobility issues that limit your daily activities
  • You have chronic pain that is not improving as quickly as you’d like

What is SFMA used for?

The SFMA is used by clinicians to identify both movement dysfunction and pain that is specific to the individual being assessed. Essentially, the SMFA creates a more pattern-specific perspective of how each individual patient moves and how this is related to pain and dysfunction.

What’s the difference between FMS and SFMA?

There are a few main differences between the FMS and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The FMS is designed to focus on the client’s asymmetries in mobility and stability during functional movement patterns, while the SFMA is used to uncover musculoskeletal dysfunctions in people experiencing pain.

What’s involved in SFMA?

The SFMA is a diagnostic system that is broken down into seven (7) Top Tier tests that are graded as Functional Painful (FP), Functional Non-painful (FN), Dysfunctional Painful (DP), Dysfunctional Non-painful (DN). Should a Top Tier test not pass a grade of FN, then that specific movement will be broken down further to the find the root cause of the dysfunction. This “root cause” can either stem from tissue, joint, or stability/motor control issues.  

Do I need a referral for SFMA at the Sport Medicine Clinic?

No referral is required to do SFMA at the Sport Medicine Clinic. 

Do I need to be a Sport Medicine Clinic patient to do SFMA at the Clinic?

No referral needed. Any member of the public can benefit from an SFMA. Please call 416-865-0903 or email us today to book your appointment with a certified therapist.