The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is the movement based diagnostic system used by sports physiotherapists, sports chiropractors, athletic trainers and other rehab clinicians. It is designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem. This systematic process allows clinicians to clearly match their intervention to the main problem of the patient. This model efficiently integrates the concepts of altered motor control, the neurodevelopmental perspective, and regional interdependence into musculoskeletal practice. More information on this system at http://functionalmovement.com
Various forms of soft tissue mobilization are utilized depending on the condition/goal of treatment.
Active Release Technique (ART) is used to restore the normal texture, tone (tightness), flexibility, and function to the affected tissue. Here is a nice overview from competitor magazine. Click here.
Cyriax Friction Massage (TFM) involves deep pressure with specifically directed movement/friction in order to remodel scar tissue, allowing the soft tissue to become more flexible, pliable, and more functional. Here is a pdf on this procedure. Click here.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): similar to TFM, utilizing an instrument.
Common Soft Tissue Conditions: Tendonitis/Tendinopathy (Achilles, rotator cuff, elbow, groin, knee, hip) Plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, Muscle strain including chronic and acute hamstring strains and calf strains are most common) Ligament sprains (chronic and acute ankle sprains and knee sprains are most common)