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Selective Functional Movement Assessment

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment or SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the source of your symptoms, not just the site of pain.

Poor movement or asymmetries in the body is often masked by compensations that we develop over time. Continued daily repetition of these patterns can gradually lead to injury and pain. Research has found and supports that the site of your pain may not be the source or cause of your pain. The pain in your knee may be the result of a problem in your hip. The pain in your neck may be the result of an issue in your shoulder. Treating the cause of your pain, and not merely the site, is vital to restoring pain-free movement and function.

The SFMA helps pulls out subconscious dysfunctional and/or asymmetrical movements to get to the root of the problem. The SFMA enables the therapist to identify and treat regions in the body that lack mobility (range of motion), or stability (motor control) that could be the driver of your pain or injury.

At Gaylord Physical Therapy Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we want to treat the underlying cause, not just the symptoms. We will get you back to feeling you best, whether it be at the office or on the field.

Benefits of Using SMFA

  • Systematically diagnose the cause of movement pattern dysfunction as either impaired mobility or impaired motor control. This decreases time of recovery by applying assessment findings to initiate the most appropriate strategy (manual therapy or motor control oriented exercise).
  • Understand and explain to the patient how the residual effect of pain alters motor control.
  • Discuss the principles that guide the application of therapeutic exercise to restore functional movement.
  • Prevent future injuries by addressing underlying impairments instead of simply treating your pain.


Physical Therapy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Appointments: (203) 230-9226

Fax: (203) 230-9950

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