Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool used to identify deficiencies in movement and stability. FMS involves important movement patterns that are designed to identify the manipulative ability of an individual and their stability when placed in extreme positions where weaknesses are noticeable. When the deficiencies are identified, the physical therapists at Whites Physical Therapy design an exercise program that will correct your movement and prevent injuries in your musculoskeletal. The screening consists of 7 movement patterns to identify movement deficiencies.
These movement patterns tailored by the physical therapists in Wilmington, MA include:
This movement pattern involves squatting with your arms on your head. When performed properly, it demonstrates the body’s neuromuscular control and the stability of the knees, hips and ankles.
This screening tool will expose your stepping ability. It requires proper coordination and hip stability, moving one at a time. It aims at reducing excessive upper body movement.
This movement challenges the flexibility of the hips, knees, ankles and some of the upper body muscles.
This screen tests your ability to flex, abduct and adduct your arms. This improves your scapular stability and moving your shoulders.
Active straight leg raise
This screening tool tests your ability to separate your legs in an unloaded position. It identifies your ability to lift your legs while maintaining a continuous stability. It also maintains a stable pelvis and challenges your hamstring’s flexibility.
Trunk stability Push Up
This tool doesn’t test the strength of your upper body. It tests your ability to stabilize your spine during the pushing activity. Your scapular stability determines how well you perform this exercise.
This exercise observes the coordination of your mobility, stability and weight lifting. It also determines your reflex stabilization.
These movement patterns help to determine your mobility and stability and are used to design a correct therapy to improve movement. Scores are given depending on how you perform the exercise. A low score shows that your mobility and stability is reduced while a high score shows correct mobility. If pain occurs during these exercises, you might be at risk of developing a musculoskeletal injury. Therefore, FMS is very effective in determining your mobility and balance.