The Selective Functional Movement Assessment, or also known as the SFMA, takes proper movement analysis even further. Within the SFMA, a further, more in-depth movement analysis is performed on individuals that provides a more detailed and comprehensive movement diagnosis.
The SFMA fills the clinical need to assess for stability and/or motor control dysfunctions as well as mobility dysfunctions. The SFMA is the clinical assessment for those individuals that are experiencing pain during the initial FMS screening protocol. It is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain -- not just the source -- by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
What makes the SFMA unique you may be wondering? This is one of the first organized systems that actually takes into account altered motor control -- the inability to coordinate proper movements. This system allows the opportunity to identify the correct problems -- mobility versus motor control -- to best equip clinicians achieve the most successful outcome possible for patients.
Granted, there are many great mobility treatment systems, but within the SFMA, Dr. Harris will introduce you to the methodology on reprogramming motor control. To do this, the neurodevelopmental perspective is used -- basically the way we learn to move as infants -- to create a system to reteach our brains how to communicate with our bodies.
As of December 2018, Dr. Harris is Level 1 Certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) after learning under the direction of Dr. Kyle Kiesel, one of the co-founders of the FMS and SFMA systems. The SFMA Certification will provide Dr. Harris yet another way to help diagnose both mobility and motor control patterned dysfunctions with patients, to better be able to provide a more detailed, specific and targeted approach to help patients attain the active goals they are trying to achieve!