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Dr. Marko is Now Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certified


Dr. Theresa Marko is now certified in Select Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Level 1, by Functional Movement Systems. 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.


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.


SFMA is 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, the methodology is on reprogramming motor control. Using the neurodevelopmental perspective – the way we learn to move as infants – we create a system to reteach our brains how to communicate with our bodies.



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