The Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
One of the regular and most important tools used at Pienaar and Bresler Biokineticists is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS). The idea of the screen is to assess an individual’s movement patterns that are significant to normal function. The FMS exposes dysfunction or pain—or both—within basic movement patterns. A specific training program will then be designed for you by the Biokineticist based on the observations from the screen.
The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests that require a balance of mobility and stability. By screening these movements we are able to recognise functional limitations and asymmetries. Each of the exercises are scored and these scores can be used track the individual’s progress during rehabilitation. There are certain scores that need to be achieved in order for a patient to be cleared for sport at the end of their rehabilitation.
FMS is a great baseline to measure someone’s performance and see if they are improving. It is a great tool to help the patient, Biokineticist and any other medical professional involved understand the progress of the individual. Further it is not just for injured people. It is a great tool for athletes and even elderly people to understand what their limitations might be.