Functional Movement Assessment

Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a physical performance test that can be assessed independently from a chiropractic exam and may be covered by insurance. This system was created to improve the overall scope of performance, fitness, rehabilitation, and management of injury risk in active individuals. Whether you are a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, the FMS and customized exercises will put you on the right path to achieve optimal performance.

The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability. The screen captures fundamental movements, motor control within movement patterns, and competence of basic movements uncomplicated by specific skills. It will determine the greatest areas of movement deficiency, demonstrate limitations or asymmetries, and eventually correlate these with an outcome.

Many people can perform a wide range of activities yet are unable to efficiently execute the movements in the screen. Those who score poorly on the screens are using compensatory movement patterns during regular activities. If these compensations continue, sub-optimal movement patterns are reinforced, leading to poor biomechanics, and possibly contributing to a future injury.

Based on the individual’s FMS score, corrective exercises are assigned. These exercises focus on joint range of motion, tissue length and muscle flexibility, basic sequencing of movement, and incorporating the use of fundamental mobility and stability into specific movement patterns to reinforce coordination and timing.

To ensure optimal performance at work and play, schedule your screening with Dr. Bloomquist!