Functional Movement System
Pure Physio utilizes Functional Movement Systems (FMS) for all patients to determine functional imbalances, increase performance and reduce injury.
FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.
These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilized.
THE FOCUS IS ON BETTER MOVEMENT THAT PRODUCES MORE POWER WITH LESS INJURY:
1. Establishing correct movement patterns (good mechanics / injury prevention)
2. Improving speed & power while maintaining correct movement (performance)
PHASE 1: ASSESSMENT
During the initial physical therapy evaluation the athlete and/or patient will be assessed on lifting technique, performance and movement. The functional movement screen (FMS) will be used to identify left/right asymmetries, pain and limitations in stability or mobility during movement.
Athletic performance is decreased and injury risk is increased with the presence pain and/or asymmetry.
The FMS produces an objective score based on the athlete’s ability to perform seven different movement patterns:
Deep Squat, Hurdle Step, In-Line Lunge, Shoulder Mobility, Active Straight Leg Raise, Trunk Stability Push Up and Rotary Stability.
PHASE 2: PAIN, TREATMENT, MOVEMENT & TECHNIQUE TRAINING
Pain: All of the exercises performed during the screen are fundamental movements and should not produce pain. If pain is present it is because that athlete already has an injury that is not currently fully symptomatic.
Treatments: Each athlete’s plan of care will be individualized based on the results of the FMS score. The plan of care will be aimed at improving performance, reducing risk of injury and returning to prior level of activity.
Movement: Movement training is essential to reduce injury risk and to establish a stable foundation for power, speed and performance.
Lifting technique: Athletes will be educated on proper lifting technique by physical therapist.
PHASE 3: RE ASSESSMENT
The athlete will be re-assessed on lifting technique, performance and movement at scheduled intervals and the results will be reviewed to determine how to progress each athlete toward strength and performance goals.