What Is FMS?

To reach a higher quality of life, we must exercise. Quality is all about function, and function is the ability to move and think at a level without compromise. Before we can start exercising and pushing our physical boundaries, we must assess movement patterns and then invoke corrective strategies or rehabilitation where patterns are less than optimal. If movement patterns are less than optimal, exercising can cause more harm than good.
There are three categories of problems that we treat at Eastside Wellness Chiropractic. (1) Joints are not moving properly. (2) Soft tissue is not gliding or moving well within the soft tissue or between adjacent structures—muscles, nerves, tendons, or ligaments. (3) There are motor control issues, which is literally a brain function problem. We move differently when we have been injured; the brain rewrites the motor programs which were developed as an infant so we can move while avoiding pain as much as possible.
Our job is to maximize your ability to move by helping your brain reboot back to its normal motor programs. As you start to move better, you can then start to make greater demands of your body via exercising.
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is one of the main tools we use for assessing movement patterns. FMS is used as an entry point to determine what kind of motion problems you have and set priorities if more than one motion fault exists. Based on your specific motion difficulties, we will develop a routine that will create more effective and efficient movement patterns. As movement improves, pain will decrease.