What is a Selective Functional Movement Assessment?

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SMFA) is diagnostic system used to assess the quality of your movement.  The SFMA uses a series of full-body movements to identify areas of dysfunction in the body.  The primary focus of SFMA is not how many repetitions you can perform, but how well you can perform a single repetition. It’s about how well you move.

The SFMA looks at simple every day actions, including the ability to touch your toes, balance on one leg, or perform a squat, to identify how you accomplish basic movement. Poor movement in the body is often masked by compensations that we develop overtime and daily repetition of this can ultimately result in injury and pain. The SFMA enables the therapist to identify and treat regions in the body that lack mobility (range of motion), or stability (motor control), allowing for an accurate treatment to restore pain-free function and movement. The SMFA also highlights asymmetries in the body that exist between the left and right side. Asymmetries, such as having a left hip that moves well and a right hip that is stiff, are red flags and are significant risk factors for injury.

The selective functional movement assessment consists of 7 full body movements. These are fundamental movements of life, such as bending forward and squatting. When a non-painful dysfunctional movement is found the clinician then breaks out the movement into the segment parts and addresses those. Then after the intervention, manual therapy (massage), manipulation, mobilization, exercise or drill, the clinician reassess the progress of the movement.

The SFMA can be applied to nearly anyone with pain. As a patient you can expect a thorough assessment of your functional movement and individualized treatment plan to get you back to moving well and pain free.


You can book an SFMA assesment with Jay or Kim HERE, or call the office at 780-980-5443 for more details