Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

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Our physiotherapists at BJC Health believe it is important to have a thorough assessment completed if you are coming to see us with an injury or with pain. The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a method of assessment which has been developed to ensure nothing is missed. All our physiotherapists have been trained to assess using this system to ensure you meet your goals as soon as possible.

What is the SFMA?

The SFMA is a functional assessment which breaks down 7 fundamental movement patterns such as bending and squatting. It is a methodical approach to locating areas of the body that are not moving adequately.  This approach is designed to complement our typical examination and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement when treating a painful or injured area.

How does the SFMA help you with your injury or pain?

The SFMA allows our physiotherapists to pinpoint the exact location of joint/muscular restriction as well as impairments to muscle activation. These results are used to then guide treatment and exercise prescription. Greater specificity of assessment and treatment will lead to longer lasting improvements and reducing the risk of re-injury.

What conditions is it used for?

The SFMA can be used for any condition. The assessment has been designed to look at the body as a whole from the head through to the feet. As the science of physiotherapy moves rapidly, at BJC Health, we feel an integration of the SFMA into our toolkit is essential in delivering world class physiotherapy services.

If you would like more information on the SFMA, contact our physiotherapist via email or contact us on 1300 252 698


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