Functional Movement Evaluation
Proper movement is vital to having healthy joints and preventing injury. A Functional Movement Evaluation is an exam where you are put through a series of movements to identify problem areas. It will reveal the muscles, joints, and movements which is causing your pain or limiting your performance.
“Functional” is a relatively recent buzz-word used in healthcare. We use it to describe a point where all your body systems are running optimally for the demands you put it through. If one system breaks down, another has to pick up the slack. Spine and joint movement is no different. Said another way… Your body is only as strong as its weakest link.
No one is perfect… so no one moves perfectly. The goal is to identify your weak link and show you how to:
- Stabilize an injury-prone joint
- Strengthen a weak or inhibited muscle
- “Shore-up” a vulnerable back
- Loosen a stiff joint
- Relax a tight muscle
- Mobilize and remodel scar tissue
The movements that are evaluated can depend on your injury, but in general you should without pain be able to:
- Squat properly
- Raise your arms above your head
- Be able to maintain an abdominal brace (flex your abs) and breathe at the same time
- Lunge without losing balance
- Perform a bridge with one leg properly
The Functional Movement Evaluation will also give a baseline for treatment goal setting and outcome measurements. Remember, we are not looking for perfect. We are looking to create a positive change to reduce pain and improve performance.