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The ‘shortcomings’ of movement screens

March 15, 2011

In this clip taken from a Functional Anatomic Palpation Systems (F.A.P.)™ ‘Spine’ seminar in Toronto, I discuss the ‘shortcomings’ of the incredibly popular ‘movement screens.’  As is noted, utilization of such screens must not be for the purpose of making a diagnosis….but rather only as a tool to view possible movement restrictions.  This MUST be followed by appropriate examination methods….most important being specific tissue palpation, in order to decipher the cause of said restriction or ‘movement block.’  Also discussed is general ‘uselessness’ of quick ‘naked eye’ running gait analysis….


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  1. March 15, 2011 8:26 pm

    Dre, really well said! I to have some skepticism surrounding the FMS and you articulated it very well. Just to add to your thoughts…what makes the 7 movements of the fms the holey grail of functional movement? It all seems a little too arbitrary for me. Second of all, where is the research?? For something that is so popular, shouldn’t there be some sensitivity and specificity values or even a predictive value for this screening tool? I duuno…just my thoughts.
    Great post!

  2. March 15, 2011 8:55 pm

    It is not that I don’t see a purpose to watch a person move….or in particular to watch them perform a skill….what I have a problem with is what people take away from those findings. The inability to perform a movement/movement task only lets you know that the are unable to do it!! It doesn’t negate the need for further investigation based on some pre-concieved ideas as to what may be preventing the movement from occuring.


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