Why You Should Consider a Functional Movement Screening

by | Nov 11, 2021 | The Rubin Chiropractic Health Center Blog

Have you ever heard of a functional movement screening? This effective tool is used to help our patients understand their weaknesses so that they can overcome them in a smart, focused way. With a functional movement screening, we can take the guesswork out of your evaluation and ensure that your training is optimized for your body. 

What is a Functional Movement Screening?

A functional movement screening measures fundamental movements, motor control in movement patterns, and the ability to carry out basic movements. As a result, the screening evaluates limitations, asymmetries, and movement deficiencies to reach an outcome. 

The body is extremely complex, which makes measuring isolated joint movements inefficient in trying to pinpoint deficiencies. This is one of the guiding principles behind functional movement screening, which utilizes seven different movement tests. These tests call for both mobility and stability to effectively establish the patient’s weaknesses. 

Why Schedule a Functional Movement Screening

A functional movement screening will reveal weaknesses, asymmetries, imbalances, and limitations of your body. The results of the screening can be used to identify the areas that are at the highest risk of injury. With this information, you can work with your doctor to make the most productive changes to your routine for greater strength and a lower risk of injury. 

Functional Movement Screenings for Young Athletes

Functional movement screenings are particularly useful for young athletes. These individuals are rapidly growing and developing, which often leads to some weakness and imbalance in the body. Your doctor can help you offset these weaknesses with specific exercises and training to restore balance to the body. Ultimately, these efforts will prevent injury and support your success as an athlete. 

At The Rubin Health Center, we offer functional movement screenings to help our St. Petersburg patients attain greater strength and relief from pain. Our specialized system can help you make an active, productive change in your routine. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!