Selective Functional Movement Assessment
Get to the bottom of recurring or chronic injury
If you find yourself experiencing regular re-injury or continual injuries, perhaps the root of the problem hasn’t been resolved. Selective Functional Movement Analysis (SFMA) is a test to detect dysfunctional movement using a series of full-body movement patterns. How does that help? It’s common to develop faulty movement patterns as a result of injury, asymmetries, balance or motor control dysfunction and/or excessive body mass index (BMI). The body compensates to counteract these defects, creating issues in other areas. Compensation is often undetected until injury or re-injury occurs.
Documented research shows the effect of compensation after an ankle sprain. The stiffness, balance interference and weakness of the ankle can result in significant hip weakness. If the weakness goes undetected and is stressed by another activity (such as golfing), the lack of strength in the hip may result in over rotation of the lumbar spine and subsequent disc injury. Full resolution of the disc injury may not be possible until the ankle dysfunction is resolved.
The SFMA detects dysfunctional changes in order to direct rehabilitation, which produces more sustainable results and helps prevent re-injury. SFMA has been successfully used in injury prevention in both amateur and professional sports.
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