Functional Movement Screening at UnityPoint Health - Waterloo.
Allen Hospital

Functional Movement

Quality functional movement is the key building block of all movement. It allows you to move your body with proper muscle and joint function for easy, pain-free movement.

Functional Performance Pyramid 

Why does it matter?

If something in your body isn't moving correctly, it may cause you to compensate. This, in turn, can result in altered movement patterns during daily activities, sporting activities or exercise. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS™) tests seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to identifying your functional movement quality. By identifying poor movement patterns and painful movement patterns, unnatural stress to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and bones can be reduced, harmful repetition can be eliminated, and risk of injury can be reduced.

Functional Movement Screens

The Functional Movement Screen tests seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to identifying your functional movement quality. Poor movement patterns and painful movement patterns can be quickly identified providing a reliable baseline for fitness professionals, doctors, and physical therapists to prescribe actionable and effective steps to improve your performance and recovery.

Types of Screens/Assessment