First move well, then move often.

The functional movement screen is a screen that assesses basic human movement patterns. These tests are based upon regular movements that we do daily, and also mimic common gym exercises. The screen tests both mobility and stability of the body and may highlight areas of limitation that need further functional movement training and treatment to reach optimum mobility and stability. Seven movement tests make up the screen:

  1. Overhead squat
  2. In-line lunge
  3. Hurdle step
  4. Active straight leg raise
  5. Shoulder mobility
  6. Trunk stability push up test
  7. Rotary stability movement pattern.

These tests are then scored on a scale from 0-3.

  • 0 — if the movement causes pain
  • 1 — if the movement is performed poorly and doesn’t meet the specific criteria
  • 2 — if the position can be done with assistance or modification
  • 3 — if the movement meets all the requirements.

Functional movement tests allow the practitioner to look at areas of the body that don’t have sufficient mobility or stability, as well as any areas of asymmetry (L vs R). It’s important to understand that this assessment isn’t to predict injury — it’s simply a highly effective tool that visualises your current basic movement patterns in a systematic way and highlights areas that may need to be worked on to optimise your movements.

As part of our specialised functional movement training programs at our Brisbane and Ipswich clinics, Scope Chiropractic uses this screen to assess athletes’ movement capabilities. This enables us to identify which areas of the body need stretching or mobilising (mobility) and which areas may need strength and/or conditioning (stability). This is also used after injury and as a screen before returning to training or competition after an injury.

If you feel that you could benefit from functional movement training, book a session at our Brisbane or Ipswich sports chiro clinics, or contact Scope Chiropractic to learn more about what our functional screen movement consultations involve.

Book Now