Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
SFMA Is An Evaluation Technique
Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA) is a system used by healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. This system is based on the concept that the body’s movement patterns are interconnected and that movement dysfunction in one area can lead to pain or dysfunction in another.
The SFMA evaluation is a comprehensive assessment that consists of seven basic movement patterns. These include the cervical spine, shoulder mobility, multi-segmental flexion, multi-segmental extension, rotary stability, single-leg stance, and overhead deep squat. These movements are evaluated by a trained healthcare professional who assesses the quality and efficiency of the movement patterns.
The SFMA system helps identify and treat underlying issues causing pain or dysfunction. It provides healthcare professionals with a holistic view of the body, allowing them to understand how movement patterns in one area of the body may affect other areas.
SFMA Is Beneficial For Many Types Of Injuries and Conditions
The SFMA system is not a one-size-fits-all approach but a customized evaluation tailored to the patient’s unique needs. When developing a treatment plan, the healthcare professional considers factors such as the patient’s age, health history, and lifestyle.
The SFMA evaluation also identifies compensations, restrictions, or pain in the body’s movement patterns. The healthcare professional will observe and analyze the patient’s movements for these issues. Once identified, the healthcare professional can develop a treatment plan that addresses the root cause of the problem.
One of the benefits of the SFMA system is that it can identify movement dysfunction in individuals who are not experiencing pain or discomfort. This can be useful for identifying potential issues before they become more severe. It is a valuable tool for evaluating and treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction in individuals of all ages and activity levels.
In addition to identifying movement dysfunction, the SFMA system can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. By re-evaluating the patient’s movement patterns after treatment, healthcare professionals can determine whether the treatment plan is working and make adjustments as needed.
SFMA As A Physical Therapy Tool
Physical therapy is one area where the SFMA system is commonly used. Physical therapists use the SFMA evaluation to assess the quality and efficiency of movement patterns in patients with musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction. Based on the findings of the evaluation, the physical therapist can develop a customized treatment plan that addresses the patient’s unique needs.
Physical therapy treatments for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction may include exercise, manual therapy, and modalities such as heat, ice, and electrical stimulation. Physical therapy aims to restore function, mobility, and quality of life to the patient.
Summarizing A Selective Functional Movement Assessment
In conclusion, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) system is a comprehensive tool healthcare professionals use to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
- The SFMA evaluation provides critical information about the quality and efficiency of movement patterns, allowing healthcare professionals to develop customized treatment plans that address the root cause of the problem.
- This system is not a one-size-fits-all approach but rather tailored to the patient’s unique needs.
- The SFMA system can be used by various healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, to evaluate and treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction in individuals of all ages and activity levels.
- Physical therapy treatments for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction may include exercise, manual therapy, and modalities such as heat, ice, and electrical stimulation.
- Physical therapy aims to restore function, mobility, and quality of life to the patient.
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