Selective Functional Movement Assessment SFMA

Selective Functional Movement Assessment SFMA

What is the SFMA – Selective Functional Movement Assessment?

” The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a series of 7 full-body movement tests designed to assess fundamental patterns of movement such as bending and squatting in those with known musculoskeletal pain. When the clinical assessment is initiated from the perspective of the movement pattern, the clinician has the opportunity to identify meaningful impairments that may be seemingly unrelated to the main musculoskeletal complaint, but contribute to the associated disability. This concept, known as Regional Interdependence, is the hallmark of the SFMA.
The assessment guides the clinician to the most dysfunctional non-painful movement pattern, which is then assessed in detail. This approach is designed to complement the existing exam and serve as a model to efficiently integrate the concepts of posture, muscle balance and the fundamental patterns of movement into musculoskeletal practice. By addressing the most dysfunctional non-painful pattern, the application of targeted interventions (manual therapy and therapeutic exercise) is not adversely affected by pain.
SFMA offers healthcare professionals a new approach to the treatment of pain and dysfunction. Our standardized clinical model ensures isolating the cause of injury and efficient care.” (

The SFMA Consultation Is Suitable For

  • Individuals suffering from musculoskeletal aches and pains as a result of postural or work strains and sprains.
  • Individuals who are suffering from chronic overuse injuries.
  • Individuals who are looking to treat the cause of their complaints and not just the site of pain and symptoms.
  • Individuals who are looking for specific stretches, mobility exercises and corrective exercises specific to them.

Read more about the SFMA by checking out the SFMA webpage.  Click here.

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