At Renew Physical Therapy, we’re committed to providing our patients with the best possible care and tools for maintaining optimal physical health. Physical Therapist Assistant at our Renton clinic, Chip Moran, dives into the importance and benefits of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). This innovative screening tool evaluates seven fundamental movement patterns, identifying mobility, stability, strength, neuromuscular control, and movement quality. Designed for individuals without current pain complaints or musculoskeletal injuries, FMS is a proactive approach that helps athletes and active individuals prevent injuries before they occur.


Seven Different Movements

  1. Deep Squat
  2. Hurdle Step
  3. Inline Lunge
  4. Shoulder Mobility
  5. Active Straight Leg Raise
  6. Trunk Stability Push-Up
  7. Rotary Stability


Scoring System

The scoring is from 3 to 0, and the best possible score is 21 out of 21.

  • 3: The individual can perform the movement without any compensations, according to the established criteria.
  • 2: The individual can perform the movement but must utilize poor mechanics and compensatory patterns.
  • 1: The individual cannot perform the movement pattern even with compensations.
  • 0: The individual experiences pain during any part of the movement.


Our Approach

Renew Physical Therapy uses a standardized kit to conduct the screening. Once the screen is completed and asymmetries are identified, we prioritize deficit movement patterns. We then prescribe corrective exercises for these prioritized movement patterns and conduct retesting every four to six weeks for feedback.


Who Can Benefit?

This screening is ideal for anyone interested in understanding their movement deficits, including athletes from high school to professional levels, first responders, and weekend warriors. Essentially, it’s beneficial for anyone who wants to learn about and improve their movement quality.

At Renew Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your best physical health through comprehensive evaluation and targeted interventions like the Functional Movement Screening. Contact us today to book an appointment and start your journey towards optimal movement and injury prevention.



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