Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
Proper diagnosis is the first step to effective treatment.
SFMA is a movement-based diagnostic system that provides our doctors with an efficient, systematic tool to reach a comprehensive movement diagnosis.
The SFMA fills our clinical need to assess for stability and/or motor control dysfunctions as well as mobility dysfunctions.
The SFMA is our clinical assessment for those who experience pain. It is a movement-based diagnostic system allows our doctors to find the cause of pain – not just the source – by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
Look at it this way. When you head to the hospital for shooting arm pain, the immediate course of action is to check your heart, not your arm. The symptoms down your arm are just a result of a problem elsewhere in the body. Similarly, the SFMA focuses on underlying dysfunctional movement to find the cause of pain, not just the source. This concept is better known as regional interdependence – how seemingly unrelated problems are actually driving the dysfunction.
What makes SFMA unique and how do we use it to help our patients?
SFMA is the first organized system that takes into account altered motor control – the inability to coordinate proper movements. The doctors at Impact Injury Center utilize this system in order to properly identify the correct problems – mobility (your body’s movement/flexibility) versus motor control (your brain’s control over your body’s movement) – to best equip our treatments for a successful outcome. With the SFMA, we actually help reprogram your motor control. We use the neurodevelopmental approach – the way we learn to move as infants – to create a system to reteach your brain how to communicate with your body. This can be extremely beneficial when helping our patients recover from traumatic auto, workplace, and sports injuries, particularly chronic, stubborn conditions.