Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

Determining the cause of pain—not only its location—requires special skill. Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a technique that uses a specific set of seven broad movement patterns encompassing the full body to look for movement limitation and movement that provokes pain.

The body moves as a whole, and this interdependence in movement means that impairment in one section of the body can affect another area in ways that may not be obvious without studied assessment. SFMA breaks down dysfunctional movement patterns in a method that is structured and repeatable, and indicates where pain is generated.

Determination of pain cause then makes it possible to more quickly treat for pain relief and prevention. Shane Bauer has been SFMA-certified since 2017.

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