Not able to get to a live SFMA Level 1, but want to get started?
The SFMA Level 1 Online Prerequisite Course is your first step.
This course introduces viewers to our movement based diagnostic system through our online education.
Please note – The SFMA Level 1 Online Prerequisite does not include certification, but will familiarize you with the basics of the SFMA.
What is the SFMA Level 1 Online Prerequisite Course?
This online course includes over 4 hours of video content and introduces the background and philosophy of the SFMA, our clinical assessment for those who experience pain. The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain - not just the source - by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
Who should take the SFMA Level 1 Online Prerequisite course?
Anyone is welcome to take the online course. Completion of the SFMA Level 1 Online Prerequisite is the first step in becoming SFMA Certified. Eligible healthcare professionals should the check schedule of events for a live event near you to complete the SFMA Certification process.
As a professional, the choice is yours: if you choose to start with the Online Prerequisite, you can register for a live course at a later date. For certification, you may also register for a live course, which will include online course access if you have not already purchased.
Why the SFMA Level 1?
Proper diagnosis is the first step to effective treatment.
This course teaches our movement based diagnostic system and provides healthcare professionals with an efficient and systematic tool to reach a comprehensive movement diagnosis.
What is SFMA Level 1?
The SFMA fills our clinical need to assess for stability and/or motor control dysfunctions as well as mobility dysfunctions.
The SFMA is our clinical assessment for those who experience pain. It is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain - not just the source - by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.
Look at it this way. When you head to the hospital for shooting arm pain, the immediate course of action is to check your heart, not your arm. The symptoms down your arm are just a result of a problem elsewhere in the body. Similarly, the SFMA focuses on underlying dysfunctional movement to find the cause of pain, not just the source. This concept is better known as regional interdependence - how seemingly unrelated problems are actually driving the dysfunction.
What makes SFMA unique? We are the first organized system that takes into account altered motor control – the inability to coordinate proper movements. This system allows us to identify the correct problems - mobility versus motor control – to best equip clinicians for a successful outcome.
There are many great mobility treatment systems, but in the SFMA, we introduce you to our methodology on reprogramming motor control. We use the neurodevelopmental perspective – the way we learn to move as infants – to create a system to reteach our brains how to communicate with our bodies.
When you leave this course, you will be armed with a repeatable diagnostic system to apply the manual techniques already in your toolbox, as well as now add a motor control component tool. The primary focus of Level 1 is to empower participants to not only gain experience with the assessment, but also to develop confidence to successfully integrate the system into their clinical practice.
Who should take the SFMA Level 1 course?
Although we encourage all professionals to learn the SFMA Level 1, the certification is reserved for allied healthcare professionals.
Why SFMA Level 2?
Now that you identified the problem, let's talk about solutions.
This course teaches healthcare professionals how to use the SFMA findings to guide their interventions - from local mobility examinations to retraining motor control dysfunctions.
What is SFMA Level 2?
The SFMA Level 2 provides a systematic approach to efficiently treating movement dysfunction.
The Level 2 Course emphasizes our 3 R's approach - Reset, Reinforce, and Retrain - to restore proper movement. With your SFMA findings, you can prioritize where to start your treatment plan and what the intervention is, whether it be mobility resets or motor control retraining.
The SFMA takes you to the region of impairment, but in the case of mobility dysfunctions, we must look a little further before we start to intervene. The Level 2 course refreshes the local biomechanical examination process - joint play and active palpation - so we know exactly what needs a reset. There are many great mobility techniques available. Therefore, in SFMA Level 2, we simply continue the diagnostic process for you to apply your tools appropriately, with the ultimate goal of gaining mobility and retraining motor control effectively.
Motor learning is not the same as strength training. Infants develop movement in patterns, not individual muscles. They learn to control movements before they progress to a more challenging posture. Using the neurodevelopmental perspective - how we learned to move as infants - Functional Movement Systems has developed a model to guide motor control programming to mimic what we learned in our early years.
When you leave this course, you will have a system to further assess mobility restrictions and will be equipped with a methodology to restore motor control which can immediately integrate into your clinical practice.
Who should take the SFMA Level 2 course?
Anyone who has taken the SFMA Level 1 is welcome to attend.