» SFMA Level 1

»Course Description

This seminar, taught by our experienced team of doctoral trained physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and physicians will cover the background, philosophy, and evidence related to the model. Next, the 7 full body movement scoring system for the SFMA Top Tier Movements is covered in a lecture/lab format. Then, the logic of how the model breaks down movement patterns is covered in detail.

Once the logic is thoroughly covered, the breakout flowcharts are introduced. The flowcharts provide a structured method to follow allowing for accurate diagnosis of the movement dysfunction for each pattern. The majority of this seminar is spent in practical sessions practicing this systematic approach of breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns as we cover each of the 15 flowcharts. Each dysfunctional pattern is ultimately diagnosed as either a mobility or stability/motor control problem. Participants will be taught the assessment criteria and ample lab time is provided to ensure the participants are comfortable integrating the system immediately into their clinical practice.

The intervention system that guides our recommended clinical approach, know as the 3 R’s (Reset, Reinforce, and Reload), is introduced and provides the participant with a structured approach to movement re-training. The emphasis of this seminar is assessment as the clinician must first learn how to accurately diagnosis movement dysfunction prior to deciding on an appropriate treatment. The 3 R’s intervention model is the topic of the SFMA Level 2 seminar where the participant can learn a variety of intervention techniques with an emphasis on motor control oriented exercises progressions structured through the 4x4 Exercise Matrix

»Course Objectives

  • Describe the importance of clinically assessing movement patterns before movement components.
  • Understand how the residual effect of pain alters motor control.
  • Efficiently categorize movement patterns as functional/dysfunctional and painful/non-painful.
  • Apply the logic from the SFMA breakouts to systematically diagnose the cause of movement pattern dysfunction as either impaired mobility or impaired motor control.
  • Discuss the motor learning principles that guide the application of therapeutic exercise to restore functional movement.
  • Link assessment findings to the initial therapeutic strategy (manual therapy or motor control oriented exercise).