Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)


SFMA is a series of seven fundamental full body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting.  This clinical assessment is used to identify dysfunctional movement patterns that may be seemingly unrelated to the main complaint; however, may have contributed to the onset and later the treatment of the injury.

It is essential that your musculoskeletal system experts understand the relationship between body segments and how impairments in one body region may adversely affect function of another body region. Approaching therapeutic exercise prescription from a movement perspective model allows injuries and dysfunction to be addressed in a logical and methodical manner.


As many diagnosis-specific techniques may miss faulty movement patterns, applying the SFMA model to complement an existing exam, will let the clinician see potential causes of the problems and allow for individualized exercise programs and progressions.

Addressing the faulty movement patterns and applying the correct therapeutic prescription will help to repair altered posture, range of motion, muscle performance, motor control, and balance.

SFMA also allows the practitioner to have testable feedback to see the effectiveness of the treatment program and modify the plan as the patient’s condition progresses.

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