Functional Movement Screening (FMS) Test in New York
What is functional movement screening (FMS)?
Functional movement screening (FMS) is a test used by therapeutic exercise coaches to help create a strengthening routine that best fits your needs. The FMS test can determine neuromuscular imbalances, which can prevent you from training properly, inhibit performance growth, and increase your risk of an injury—especially for those who participate in high-impact sports. Learn more about functional movement screening at Performance Health in NYC & Pearl River below, or schedule a consultation today.
Why is FMS testing used?
The functional movement screening test is set apart from other screening tests involving posture and flexibility because it focuses on your dynamic movement and how your joints and muscles communicate while the body is in motion. It is used to screen your body for asymmetries or weaknesses that can cause your body harm over time as well as increase your risk of injury. You may benefit from functional movement screening if you:
- Have lower back pain
- Have rotator cuff problems
- Have knee pain
- Are an athlete
- Have had prior injuries
- Feel unbalanced when performing movements
- Are sore on one side after physical activities
What does FMS screening involve?
The functional movement screening test is a professional-grade test that cannot be done at home through a self-assessment, as there is a specific science behind it. During your screening, you will likely be asked to perform a number of physical movements while one of our experts at Performance Health evaluates your muscle usage and calculates your results. Some of the movements that are routinely used to measure your body’s balance include:
- Shoulder rotations
- Leg raises
- Hurdle steps
What are the benefits of taking an FMS test?
FMS tests can identify a wide range of muscular weaknesses, which are important to correct in order to maintain your health and performance level. Some of the many benefits of undergoing functional movement screening include:
- Improves your mobility
- Improves stability and balance
- Identifies imbalances and muscle weaknesses
- Improves athletic performance and overall function
- Reduces the risk of future injuries
- Diagnoses problems so you can begin functional movement screen corrective exercises / therapeutic exercise
If you believe you may benefit from FMS tests, the first step is to schedule an evaluation at Performance Health. Our physicians are experts in functional movement screening and can help you improve your performance and health. Call one of our New York offices at 212.486.8616, or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment now.