Functional Movement Screen – Your Movement Journey Starts Here!

The Buckingham Clinic is a multi-disciplinary practice offering services such as Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Shockwave Therapy, MEDX core & strengthening and many more treatments to keep at the forefront of rehabilitation. The latest service to now be available at the clinic is FMS – or as it’s known, ‘The Functional Movement Screening’.

The Buckingham Clinic is a fully certified FMS clinic offering functional movement screening and advanced corrective exercise prescription. The functional movement systems can offer substantial benefits to both teams or individuals alike looking to improve performance and/or to reduce the likelihood of future injuries.

The movement screen can be applied in a multitude of fitness and clinical settings which is the real beauty of it as there is minimal equipment and space required to carry out the screening process. At the clinic the FMS is carried out in a fully functional gymnasium.

What is a functional movement screen?

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is an innovative system used to evaluate movement pattern quality in clients and athletes The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a screening tool used to evaluate seven fundamental movement patterns in individuals with no current pain complaint or musculoskeletal injury. The FMS is not intended to diagnose orthopaedic problems but rather to demonstrate and provide opportunities for improved movement in individuals from every walk of life.

Let’s be clear about this, the FMS is not just for elite and/or recreational athletes to improve athletic performance but also for the everyday type person who may not be active within a chosen sport but keeps picking up that same ‘niggly’ injury and doesn’t know the reason why. Even though individuals are performing an activity or sport at a higher level, it has been observed that many of these same individuals are limited in fundamental movement which are relative to everyday living. This leads to the use of compensatory movements in order to achieve or maintain the level of performance needed for both an individual’s chosen sport and day to day activities.. The inefficient use of compensation during movement will lead to poor biomechanics that limit gains in performance and reduces the body’s ability to remain adaptable and durable against the risks of being involved in the activity or sport.

The screen is designed to place an individual in extreme positions where movement deficits become noticeable if appropriate stability and mobility are not used. The Functional Movement Screen will help demonstrate limitations or asymmetries in healthy individuals with respect to basic movement patterns and eventually correlate them with outcomes. The Functional Movement Screen is comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability.

The FMS is suitable for anyone and everyone. It does not discriminate against activity level, sport, age, gender or bodyweight. There could be movement discrepancies within people from all these factors which could be improved upon.

Our next blog post next week will detail who can use the FMS, how it can help you and what the screen itself entails. Come back to read more!

The Functional Movement Screen – Move Well Move Often


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