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Functional Movement Screenings

At Excel Physical Therapy, our therapists utilize innovative testing methods to get to the root cause of your problem. Treating only the symptoms may help in the short term, but the injury is likely to return, often in a worse way. To identify the root cause of an injury, therapists examine how your whole body moves.

Two assessments are commonly used:

1. Selective Functional Movement Assessment - SFMA

SFMA is a series of 7 full-body movement tests to assess fundamental patterns of movement, such as bending and squatting, in those with injuries. This assessment identifies specific movement impairments that can cause injury. 

The SFMA identifies the most dysfunctional movement pattern, which is then assessed in further detail. This approach is designed to integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into a rehabilitation program. From the assessment results, targeted interventions (hands-on therapy and exercise) are used to most effectively fix the root cause.

2. Functional Movement Screen - FMS

SFMA is a series of 7 full-body movement tests to assess fundamental patterns of movement,such as bending and squatting, in those with injuries. This assessment identifies specific movement impairments that can cause injury.

FMS is a quick assessment for active individuals to determine if there are weak links that need to be addressed in a fitness program. The intent is injury prevention as opposed to actual treatment after the fact.

An FMS consists of 7 specific movements that reveal how efficiently an individual can move their body. The specific movements require a combination of coordination, mobility and stability. The certified clinician administering the test is trained to observe the quality and amount of movement executed. Movements are scored so improvements can be measured over time. The FMS is designed to detect weaknesses and deficiencies. These deficiencies are associated with an increased risk of injury.

By utilizing the assessments, weaknesses are exposed and corrective exercises are prescribed with the goal of balancing coordination, mobility and stability. This creates a solid foundation for fitness, work, daily activities and overall well-being.

Because these tests reveal areas of weakness and risk factors for injury, anyone who has an active job, participates in sports, or has active hobbies, is an ideal candidate for an FMS. The test takes about 20 minutes to administer and is offered at all of our locations!

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What Is a Physical Therapist?

Physical therapists are health care professionals who help individuals maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being, and quality of life. Their services prevent, minimize, or eliminate impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Physical therapists receive intensive doctoral education in anatomy, physiology, pathology and rehabilitation. They are graduates of accredited university programs and licensed by the state.

What to Expect at Your Physical Therapy Sessions?

During your Initial Evaluation, our therapist spends a full hour interviewing you, testing and examining your condition, establishing goals with you, and developing an individualized treatment plan. Excel PTs take time to provide patient education around your condition and what to expect during the recovery process.

Subsequent treatment sessions are designed to systematically fix your injury, movement disorder, or pain. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sport often perform sport-specific training under the supervision of the therapist.

What Makes Excel Physical Therapy Different?

During your Initial Evaluation, our therapist spends a full hour interviewing you, testing and examining your condition, establishing goals with you, and developing an individualized treatment plan. Excel PTs take time to provide patient education around your condition and what to expect during the recovery process.

Subsequent treatment sessions are designed to systematically fix your injury, movement disorder, or pain. Once mobility is improved, then exercises are used to improve strength, balance and function. Injured athletes looking to return to sport often perform sport-specific training under the supervision of the therapist.