By: Kirsten Kidd
Functional Movement Screening or better known as FMS, is a great tool to use during your rehabilitation process. Often this screening can be incorporated post-operation eg. ACL tear and you have completed most of your rehab and getting ready to go back into your sport or activity. It can also be useful for that active individual that may be always pulling their hamstring, for example, and can’t figure out why.
What is FMS you ask? It is a series of 7 movement patterns that a person is taken through to determine where their muscle imbalance or limitations may be throughout their body. Depending on what the results are from the 7 movement patterns, an FMS provider can determine where the greatest imbalance of mobility, stability, movement and/or strengths are.
Once the results and deficiencies are determined from the FMS testing, a series of exercises can be given, that is specifically designed to help with the limitations. Once the first group of exercises become easy then another set of exercises will be given to continue with.
Many people are able to perform a wide range of activities, yet are unable to efficiently perform the movements in an FMS screening. Those who score poorly on the screens are using compensation muscles and movement patterns during regular activities, which in turn will lead to poor biomechanics and possibly contribute to a future injury or re-injury.
For more information or to book a FMS screening with our Athletic Therapist please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic by phone at (613) 454-1239 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book an appointment online at www.ocsiclinic.ca