Rehabilitation Clinicians

This is taken from the book, Movement, to describe how we draw the line between fitness and rehabilitation professionals.

We begin the Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA) with seven top-tier assessments. These tests are used to determine the breakouts we use to separate pain and dysfunction when possible, and will help identify movement patterns where exercise is indicated or contraindicated.

SFMA Rotational Assessment

SFMA Rotational Assessment

The SFMA navigates the musculoskeletal assessment when pain is present. It is helpful during the initial patient examination, although some acute problems make it impractical at the outset. Outside of exposing dysfunctional regions that may complicate the examination process, the SFMA offers a unique perspective for corrective exercise in a clinical setting.

The SFMA, targets professionals working with patients experiencing movement pain. We refined the SFMA to help the healthcare professional in musculoskeletal evaluation, diagnosis and treatment geared toward choosing the best possible rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises. The SFMA will enhance the work of the following licensed and certified medical and rehabilitation professionals.

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractic Physicians
  • Medical Physicians

Click here to read about our certification and lecture programs.

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  1. Hello, Mr. Cook!

    First of all, I’m much impressed by your work, going for SFMA this spring. I’d love to have that at the curriculum when I was in Naprapathic school some 20 years ago. Never too late for new knowledge, so I’m learning FMS and now SFMA with much enthusiasm.

    I purchased the set of the new dvd from your lecture “Applying the model” and it’s great, but one question actually woke me last night: the girl who received a 1 on the trunk stability pushup by your colleague Brett Jones, saying when in doubt score low. She had a minimal movement in the hip area prior to lifting up, and also he checked her with the active straight leg rise with very delicate sensitivity. To me this is very selective and precise work, and if she got a 1, I guess almost everyone receives a 1 on tests. So the question is, did you get this specific because she was well trained and demanded that kind of control from her, or is this the level of sensitivity all the testing should be preformed?

    I think this is a important for me to get straight, since SOP is vital and my modus should not differ from the rest. I’m reading the Movement book, but I cannot find this mentioned in this detail. I’d be happy for a clarification.

    Best wishes from Sweden, Martin Blaus, Dr. of Naprapathy

  2. For the Trunk Stability Push-Up (TSP) during the Applying the Model DVD, first we have to realize that Brett has probably viewed more screens than everyone combined. Therefore, he has developed a keen eye for noticing our scoring criteria for movement patterns within the screen. There will always be debate between 3’s and 2’s on the movement screen, but the biggest thing is catching the 1’s and 0’s. Yes, Brett may be a little sensitive compared to others while screening, but when in doubt score low.

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