Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Pain changes everything.

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Why the SFMA Level 1?

Proper diagnosis is the first step to effective treatment.

This course teaches our movement based diagnostic system and provides healthcare professionals with an efficient and systematic tool to reach a comprehensive movement diagnosis.

What is SFMA Level 1?

The SFMA fills our clinical need to assess for stability and/or motor control dysfunctions as well as mobility dysfunctions.

The SFMA is our clinical assessment for those who experience pain. It is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain - not just the source - by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.

Look at it this way. When you head to the hospital for shooting arm pain, the immediate course of action is to check your heart, not your arm. The symptoms down your arm are just a result of a problem elsewhere in the body. Similarly, the SFMA focuses on underlying dysfunctional movement to find the cause of pain, not just the source. This concept is better known as regional interdependence - how seemingly unrelated problems are actually driving the dysfunction.

What makes SFMA unique? We are the first organized system that takes into account altered motor control – the inability to coordinate proper movements. This system allows us to identify the correct problems - mobility versus motor control – to best equip clinicians for a successful outcome.

There are many great mobility treatment systems, but in the SFMA, we introduce you to our methodology on reprogramming motor control. We use the neurodevelopmental perspective – the way we learn to move as infants – to create a system to reteach our brains how to communicate with our bodies.

When you leave this course, you will be armed with a repeatable diagnostic system to apply the manual techniques already in your toolbox, as well as now add a motor control component tool. The primary focus of Level 1 is to empower participants to not only gain experience with the assessment, but also to develop confidence to successfully integrate the system into their clinical practice.

Who should take the SFMA Level 1 course?

Although we encourage all professionals to learn the SFMA Level 1, the certification is reserved for allied healthcare professionals.

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You’ve completed the SFMA Level 1 and now want to get started on Level 2 material.

The SFMA Level 2 - Online Prerequisite Course is your next step.

This course introduces viewers to the Functional Movement Systems philosophy on how to use the SFMA findings to be efficient with intervention for long term movement results.

Please note – The SFMA Level 2 - Online Prerequisite does not include certification, but will familiarize you with the basics of the SFMA Level 2 material.

What is the SFMA Level 2 - Online Prerequisite Course?

This online prerequisite course includes almost 4 hours of video content and introduces the diagnostic flowchart for mobility dysfunctions as well as research surrounding the concept of Motor Learning. The SFMA identifies the region of dysfunction. This Level 2 content will organize your local examination for efficiency and targeted intervention. The motor learning principles presented will provide a foundation for rebuilding patterns for long term retention for your patient’s movement health.

Who should take the SFMA Level 2 - Online Prerequisite course?

Anyone who has attended an SFMA Level 1 course is welcome to take the Level 2 - Online Prerequisite course. Completion of the SFMA Level 2 - Online Prerequisite is the first step in becoming SFMA Level 2 certified. Eligible healthcare professionals should the check schedule of events for a live event near you to complete the SFMA Level 2 certification process.

As a professional, the choice is yours: if you choose to start with the SFMA Level 2 - Online Prerequisite, you can register for a live course at a later date. For certification, you may also register for a live or virtual course, which will include online course access if you have not already purchased.

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Why SFMA Level 2?

Now that you identified the problem, let's talk about solutions.

This course teaches healthcare professionals how to use the SFMA findings to guide their interventions - from mobility to retraining motor control dysfunctions.

What is SFMA Level 2?

The SFMA Level 2 provides a systematic approach to efficiently addressing both mobility and stability/motor control dysfunctions. It picks up where the Level 1 left off! 

The Level 2 Course emphasizes our 3 R's approach - Reset, Reinforce, and Retraining - to restore proper movement. With your SFMA findings, you can prioritize where to start your treatment plan and what the intervention is.  
To provide the best Reset, you need to know exactly what's restricting the movement. The Level 2 continues the diagnostic process for mobility dysfunctions with the local biomechanical examination. Our diagnostic algorithm systematically uncovers if there is a joint restriction or a tissue restriction so you can be efficient and apply the most appropriate Reset and then Reinforcement.

How do we change the stability/motor control dysfunctions we identified with the SFMA? Infants develop movement in patterns, not individual muscles. They learn to control movements before they progress to a more challenging posture. Using the neurodevelopmental perspective – how we learned to move as infants – we have developed a model to guide motor control programming to mimic what we learned in our early years.  The Level 2 course provides Retraining philosophy and examples for all the SFMA patterns.

When you leave this course,  you will be equipped with tools to tackle whatever your patient presents with - mobility or motor control dysfunctions. The primary focus of Level 2 is to reinforce the local biomechanical examination process, but also to empower participants with confidence to successfully integrate motor control techniques into their clinical practice.

Who should take the SFMA Level 2 course?

Anyone who has taken the SFMA Level 1 is welcome to attend.

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