Almost all of us live in a state a dysfunction. Even those people who seem like they are the most fit can have some level of movement dysfunction. The majority of the time it goes unnoticed until an injury occurs or a pain point develops. And then we wonder, “What went wrong?” So often in the past we’ve just treated the pain, not the cause. So why are we living in dysfunction and what can be done to prevent it from causing pain in the future?
The solution is the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). Many of our clients at Intelligent Fitness have been through this screen at least once, if not multiple times. Created almost two decades ago, the developers of the FMS wanted to know why some people get injured and others do not. The answer is simple. The purpose of the screen is to identify areas of weakness in the body, imbalances, and asymmetries in our movement patterns that often lead to poor postural positioning, poor form, inflexibility, and inability to perform the most basic and also the most difficult and strenuous movements that we put our bodies through. As we age our bodies and environments teach us bad movements. Whether it’s sitting at a desk all day or standing all day, choosing one activity as your form of exercise or not doing any activity, or just using bad lifting form. Not only has our society learned to move less, but when we do move (as in exercise) we often move poorly or compensate quality of movement for greater quantity – a bad exchange in terms of risk for injury! We try to counteract our inability to perform well, by adding more weight, more reps, more time, thinking that this will overcome our inability to move well and not realizing the damage being done.
What, then, does the FMS do for overcoming poor movement patterns? The FMS is designed to help us find a balance of mobility and stability in seven basic movements. The key here is movements. The FMS is unique in the fact that we are screening you as you move. It is not a measurement of range of motion as you statically stretch or we passively stretch you. We aren’t examining you as you just stand in front of us. The seven different movements allow us to see you in your natural state of movement in extreme ranges of motion so we can see where you compensate and where you move well. Each movement is scored based on whether it was completed perfectly, imperfectly, not at all, or with pain. From there we can address your weakest areas first; working on each progressively better area until you are finally able to have functional movement once more! If you are interested in seeing how you perform in the Functional Movement Screen, contact me at Hannah@intelligentfitnesspt.com for more information.