Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

About SFMA

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of tests designed to assess patterns of movement related to musculoskeletal pain and identify impairments related to regional interdependence (or referred pain).

This diagnostic test, which identifies relationships between pain in remote locations and the patient’s primary complaint, provides information which helps our healthcare providers identify the best treatment options. Consequently, it can serve as a valuable part of physical medicine and rehab treatment.

SFMA examines the patient’s posturing, muscle performance, motor control, and balance reaction through a series of movement patterns. The provider scores seven full-body movement tests before totaling up the numbers for objective results. The primary ranking factors include pain level, range of motion and stability. SFMA helps identify underlying conditions related to:

SFMA resonates with Austin Preferred’s approach, which centers around relieving pain while restoring health and functionality to the body. It is particularly useful to people suffering from chronic pain, athletes looking to optimize performance or those taking preventive measures. Furthermore, this test can help our Chiropractic and Physical Therapy providers to design optimal plans of care unique to each patient’s needs.

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