Update: Appointments and office hours

We are very respectful of this virus and are taking health precautions seriously.

We are currently still seeing patients however, have modified our hours and scheduling to limit the number of people in our office at one time. We ask everyone to be patient and wait in their cars until appointment times.

Currently, the best way to contact us is by email at drs@schusterchiro.com. We are checking voicemail regularly so please leave a message. We will get back to you.

Stay safe,

Marcus Schuster, DC

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.