Orthopedics and sports medicine has a tendency to lack screening processes to help prevent pain and injuries before they occur. Advances in modern medicine have helped medical professionals to screen for cancer, diabetes and heart disease for early detection. Most people see their primary physician and dentist at least once per year for routine checkups. The world of orthopedics and sports medicine tends to be more reactive than proactive; treatment is typically rendered after pain or an injury has already occurred.
The Functional Movement Screen is an objective screen used to assess the integrity of a person’s movement quality when performing baseline movement patterns. Using seven fundamental movement patterns, the screen creates a picture of an individual’s movement literacy. Just as in reading literacy our bodies have the ability to read and write movement patterns and our movement literacy can either be above or below acceptable standards. If an individual’s movement literacy is below acceptable standards and they are participating in activities or sports their bodies are not ready for then injury risk increases significantly. Asking your body to perform these activities in the absence of movement literacy forces your body to compensate its technique which is only reinforcing poor movement quality, not improving it. If you never learn the rules of the road when driving, then increasing the amount you drive does not improve your chances of driving better, it increases your risk of an accident; this is the same concept as performing physical training without acceptable movement literacy.
Anyone can benefit from having a routine Functional Movement Screen to appraise their movement quality, especially those that wish to or already participate in physical fitness or recreational/competitive sporting activities. Only after the integrity of a person’s movement quality has been established can resistive exercise and training be beneficial. If your movement literacy is below baseline standards, simple customized exercises will be prescribed to correct your movement patterns. Since your initial Functional Movement Screen score establish a baseline, future screens can ensure that your movement literacy has improved to acceptable levels.
Our therapists can perform Functional Movement Screens on individuals or groups. Corrective exercises will be customized for each individual to help them achieve an acceptable level of baseline movement literacy. Subsequent screens will ensure their movement patterns are improving. Once their
The ability to exercise routinely is one component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to ensure longevity and the ability to function for many years. There are many different forms of exercise but one similarity they all share is the ability to move well. Whether it is walking, running, cycling, swimming, rowing, weight lifting, yoga, Pilates, recreational sports or any other activity, the inability to move adequately can compromise your ability to exercise regularly and optimally.
Unfortunately if a person develops pain or an injury for reasons that do not seem clear, it derails their efforts at getting into shape or meeting their exercise goals. Any individual who desires to perform any level of exercise throughout their life should have a Functional Movement Screen at least annually to ensure their physical capabilities and movement literacy has not diminished.
Scores on an FMS screen below a baseline threshold of acceptability put individuals at higher risk of developing new and possibly chronic injuries that could compromise their performance levels as well as prevent participation entirely if not addressed. Just as acquiring the proper ingredients is necessary to engage in a healthy diet, moving properly is a prerequisite to exercising optimally. Improper substitutes can ruin your efforts, and with exercise this typically involves movement compensations that are not ideal.
Even basic activities and hobbies such as gardening, shoveling snow, lifting and carrying groceries or laundry are things that could cause pain to develop if not performed properly or done in the presence of poor baseline movement. Any individual regardless of their activity level can benefit from regular screening and prescription of corrective exercise strategies to maintain their ability to function on a daily basis. The Functional Movement Screen is the tool our therapists will use to assess your baseline movement literacy and to mitigate any problems before they turn act as barrier to carrying out the activities you need and want to perform on a regular basis.
Employees in various workplace settings are routinely exposed to a wide variety of risk factors for developing injuries. When an employee is forced to miss time away from work it can create financial distress for the employee, productivity deficits for the employer and potentially elevated health care expenses for both.
Some of these risk factors are very obvious such as head injuries and orthopedic injuries in football players or muscle strains in those that lift heavy objects regularly such as firefighters, sanitation workers and emergency response personnel to name a few. Other risk factors are less obvious and may seem benign to the naked eye but over time can create a chronic pain cycle that will not seem to go away. There are many examples of these: an eye doctor/dentist who spends increased amounts of time leaning forward during their patient examinations starting to develop neck pain, an office worker who has a long commute to work sitting in a car/bus/train who then has to spend long hours sitting at a desk working on a computer or talking on the phone developing lower back pain, or a mail carrier who has to carry a heavy bag of mail on their shoulder while sorting through it and with their opposite arm developing carpal tunnel syndrome or rotator cuff tendonitis.
These types of injuries are just a few examples of workplace overuse type injuries that send many individuals to doctors wondering what is causing their pain. Before long diagnostic testing such as x-rays and MRIs may be ordered, medications such as muscle relaxants and pain relievers are prescribed, physical therapy may be recommended or perhaps even surgery if the symptoms are not resolving.
Unfortunately the vast majority of these cases are not resolved proactively by having a regular Functional Movement Screen to ensure that an employee’s baseline movement competency is not negatively affected by their workplace environment. If a screen were to detect any irregularities in an individual's movement patterns, corrective exercises would be prescribed to resolve the issues before turning into something chronic and debilitating.
The postural stresses that employees are exposed to can be remedied proactively by educating both employers and employees so that employees can continue to work and avoid financial distress and employers can lower their health care costs and maintain productivity levels. Our therapists can perform Functional Movement Screens on site or remotely. Screens can be performed on individuals or large groups efficiently with customized exercise strategies specific to an individual's scores being prescribed in a timely manner. Follow up screens will be performed to ensure that baseline movement literacy is improving thereby decreasing an individual’s risk of injury.
Recreational and competitive athletes who participate in contact sports are at risk for sustaining contact related injuries which are mostly unavoidable due to nature of these sports. Regardless of how well an individual is trained or how well they move, a contact injury is generally something that happens spontaneously and cannot be prevented in many instances.
On the contrary, non contact injuries that occur in sports are many times avoidable and can be attributed to faulty mechanics or underlying movement deficiencies. If an individual who does not move well to begin with participates in sport, they are much more prone to sustaining an overuse injury than an individual who has adequate baseline movement patterns.
Many sports involve motions or actions that are duplicated many times throughout the course of their game; a golf swing, a pitcher throwing a baseball, a swimmer’s stroke or a runner’s stride to name a few. When someone who has an underlying muscle imbalance performs an activity such as these their body will break down quicker and will develop an injury/pain quicker than a peer who has adequate mobility and stability.
The reason for this is that in order to perform the activity their body will compensate in some way for the missing component and over time they could cause themselves an overuse injury that would otherwise be avoidable if they were screened beforehand and given the necessary corrective exercises to avoid these compensations. For example, in sports that require a swinging motion (golf, hockey, baseball, softball) a prerequisite amount of rotation is needed in a person’s torso and hips to generate enough torque to optimize their power output into the swing. However, if these individuals do not possess enough rotation in their torso or hips than they may compensate by twisting their lower backs more than is needed. Over time they could cause lower back pain which could sideline them from participation in their sport.
If the underlying cause of the problem is not rectified and the person attempts to return to sport they are at risk of creating chronic problems. For this reason pre-season, mid-season and post-season movement screening in sports, both contact and non contact alike, is critical at keeping players healthy and in the game.
By detecting faulty movement patterns early and correcting them, our therapists can help athletes avoid overuse injuries that many times are not detected until the injury has already set in. The Functional Movement Screen will be used to detect individuals who are below a threshold which could place them at greater risk of injury regardless of what sport they play. Using customized corrective exercises aimed at normalizing their baseline movement quality, the risk of developing overuse and non contact injuries is greatly reduced.
For golfers specifically, Titleist (the Titleist Performance Institute also known as TPI) has developed a screen to detect movement inadequacies that can be directly responsible for developing specific swing faults in your golf game. Once identified with a TPI screen, our therapists can create a customized exercise regimen to assist casual and competitive golfers alike to correct their movement baselines and optimize their ability to enhance their golf swing.
If an individuals movement patterns at baseline are below acceptable standards than simply verbalizing to a golfer that they have a specific swing fault is not going to assist them in correcting it. The prerequisite movement requirement has to be restored before they can be expected to correct the swing fault without creating a secondary compensation.
If you enjoy golfing and have experienced pain possibly attributed to your golf swing, or you have missed time away from golf due to pain, the TPI screen might be just what you need to get you back and keep you in the game.
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Impact Physical Therapy
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East Windsor, NJ 08520
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