No matter if you play a sport, exercise casually, or are a weekend warrior, one of the important aspects to working out is understanding the basic functional movements of our bodies and if they are operating properly. During the early years of childhood, most of us were able to squat, lunge, and roll over using almost perfect form. But as we age, we lose the ability to perform these basic functional movements and as a result we develop significant limitations and imbalances. These limitations and imbalances directly affect how we exercise and the potential for getting injured. The body must be free of restriction prior to training, conditioning, and competition.
When we develop imbalances in specific areas to the body, the body does not operate efficiently and will compensate and substitute with other movement patterns. Take a runner, for example, that has developed chronic hamstring and calf problems. There may be a mobility or tightness isssue in the hamstrings and calf or they might be compensating for a muscular imbalance in their glutes. If the gluteal muscles are not working correctly, this movement dysfunction will cause the hamstring and calf to work extra leading to chronic tightness. We must find the weakest links before the runner is able to improve sport specific skills and to prevent injury.
How do we figure out if we have any imbalances or limitations, and if so how do we correct them? One of the best tools available to determine your ability for basic functional movements is the Functional Movement Screen, or better known as FMS. FMS is a screening tool that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function, and utilizes the results to accurately recommend beneficial corrective and strength-building exercises. The ultimate goal is to restore proper movement to reduce the risk of strain and injury to the body.
FMS can be performed by a certified professional and is comprised of 7 tests to determine range of motion, mobility, stability, and the overall ability to move during fundamental patterns. The combination of poor mobility and stability is the source of many common athletic injuries. The screen is quick, efficient, and uses very little equipment. Once the screen is complete, the certified professional will provide an overall score and basic mobility and stability exercises to regain foundational abilities and proper kinetic linking movements.
Dr. Sullivan from NOVA Chiropractic & Wellness Center located in Burke, VA is certified in FMS. To schedule your Functional Movement Screen, contact our office at 703-912-7822 or visit us at Chiropractor in Burke, VA.