Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

The functional movement screen is a series of 7 movements that test balance, mobility and stability. A score is given for each movement performed and a total score given once the screen is complete.
The FMS has been designed to detect dysfunctional movement patterns in the body by highlighting weaknesses and asymmetries. The FMS does not diagnose the reasons as to why the dysfunctional movement pattern exists.
If you are unable to complete any of the movements there may be multiple reasons as to why. For example if you are unable to perform and over head squat this may be due to tight calves, poor dorsal flexion, tight hop flexors, weak core muscles etc.

What are the benefits Of A Functional Movement Screen

Injury Prevention

The FMS helps to identify dysfunctional movement patterns before they cause an injury.

Pain Identification
The functional movement screen may help to identify pain while performing certain movements. If pain is felt at any time the screen will be stoped and you will be recommended to book a Myotherapy appointment for a Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). SFMA will help to identify the cause of your pain so that you may be provide with manual therapy treatment, prescribed corrective exercises, referred to other health care professionals where needed so as to help alleviate and hopefully eliminate the pain.

FMS is a corrective Exercise System
The FMS helps you identify dysfunctional movement patterns and help you correct them through the use of corrective exercises, which will be prescribed once the screen is complete. These exercises when performed will help to improve your score on FMS.

Re-testing with FMS allows you to assess your progress and identify any movement dysfunctions that may arise. You could set a schedule for performing the FMS every month, quarterly or annually.