A patient participating in a functional movement screen will be asked to engage in a variety of movements, such as squatting and leg lifting. The body moves differently when certain areas are tight or weak, as the healthier body parts compensate for the weaker body parts. A person who is trained in the functional movement screen is able to watch the patient perform the movements and identify patterns of incorrect movement, when some body parts are compensating for others. We can then work on the weaker areas until they are strong enough to perform as they should, thus restoring proper movement to the body.
The functional movement screen is particularly useful for athletes because it enables doctors not only to eliminate pain, but also to restore the function needed for the patient to return to their sport and be safe, perform optimally, and have less chance of injury.