Why do we use the FMS at MOVE? Before we can answer WHY, we probably should explain WHAT is the FMS. The FMS is the Functional Movement Screen. The screen was first used in 1998 as a tool to help physical therapist Gray Cook and his team of health professionals rate and rank the movement patterns of high school athletes.
They had noticed a pattern of injuries occurring with some of these athletes and were searching for reasons. Through this process the FMS was developed and refined until it became what we have used for almost 20 years and still use at MOVE today.
The FMS is comprised of seven movement tests. Each test requires varying degrees of stability and mobility. While each of the seven movement tests are graded individually, they are not independent of each other but rather are each valuable and interdependent pieces to the puzzle that is your current movement profile. The seven movement tests are; Overhead Squat, Hurdle Step, In-Line Lunge, Shoulder Mobility, Active Straight Leg Raise, Trunk Stability Push Up and Rotary Stability. Each test challenges a different movement pattern and places you into a position which will expose any movement weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations.
WHY we use the FMS at MOVE is simple. Most people who come to us for help with their fitness more often than not are also experiencing some level of discomfort and/or pain in differing parts of their body as they go through their daily activities. Usually this discomfort isn’t enough to stop them from getting through the day but it can become more of a problem when they try to ramp up their activity level and begin to exercise. The FMS is a great way for us to quickly and efficiently identify basic movement inefficiencies that are contributing to that daily discomfort. Once identified, we prescribe and work together with the individual on a series of corrective exercises as part of their comprehensive exercise prescription. The goal is to eliminate or minimize movement inefficiencies, begin to restore normal movement patterns and create a solid movement platform upon which we can begin to build and improve overall fitness.
To sum up the FMS and why we value it, let’s think of your body as you would your car. Your car has 4 wheels and tires. If the wheels are out of alignment and the tires are not balanced you can still drive your car everyday without it breaking down. However, eventually those tires will wear unevenly, wear out prematurely and your car will cease to work as efficiently and effectively as before. If you took your car in to your mechanic every six months for a safety check, the mechanic may be able to detect the alignment and balance issues and correct the problem before your tires wear out, helping you avoid a breakdown. When you come to MOVE, the FMS is like taking your body into your MOVEment mechanic for a safety check. We make sure you are in balance and everything is aligned and working properly, helping you to avoid a physical breakdown.
See the YouTube video here for a quick look at the FMS movement tests.