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Surprisingly, Everyone Benefits from a Functional Movement Assessment

October 4, 2022

A functional movement assessment should be part of a complete care plan for any patient that wants pain-free movement in their everyday lives or athletic activity.  The Superior Method provides a complete functional movement assessment, which aids therapists in developing a prescriptive treatment plan that provides pain-free living for patients.


Everyone Can Benefit from a Functional Movement Assessment

A functional movement assessment is a clinical procedure that examines how a patient moves. It judges how well the body responds to common movements and evaluates abnormal movements for risk of injury. Through these assessments, a therapist can calculate a value based upon a number of factors.

What are the goals of a functional movement assessment?

  • Identify patients with non-painful but limited movement patterns
  • Demonstrate movement patterns that produce pain within an expected range of motion
  • Assess risk of injury
  • Identify exercises or movements to avoid until movement patterns improve
  • Identify training methods to improve range of motion.


Who are Movement Assessments for?

Movement assessments certainly benefit athletes or people recovering from injury, but the truth is that anyone, in any walk of life, can benefit from the health insights gained from a functional movement assessment powered by the Superior Method.  Seniors who have become sedentary, workers who sit at the jobs for 8 hours a day, members of the military, first responders, industrial laborers, truck drivers, or people with active occupations can all benefit from a movement assessment.


Patients Who Are Coping with Age-Related Issues

As a person ages, they become more limited with their movements. Superior Method will quantify these movement limitations so therapists can focus on prescriptive movement plans for alleviating pain and regaining loss of function for aging patients.



When preparing for a season, a functional movement assessment can show an athlete the weaknesses that need to be addressed through training, but also their strengths. Athletic development is all about growth, and functional movement assessments are key to monitoring growth and guiding it so the athlete can achieve their goals. Superior Physical Therapy provides a baseline that athletes can use to adjust their training and focus on strengthening movements that can lead to injury.


Patients Making Return to Activity Decisions

The greatest risk of an injury is a history of a previous injury. One of the most difficult decisions a therapist has to make is whether an athlete is ready to participate in sports and safely return to normal activities. Many of these decisions are made through subjective observations which rely on the practitioners understanding of the injury and their experience with athletes who have suffered similar injuries. The Superior Method quantifies movement so practitioners making these decisions have objective evidence to back them up.

Everyone Else

An individual with impaired movements will find difficulty in all activities, even the most mundane daily living and work tasks. Movements built on dysfunctional base movements can only get worse unless a patient undergoes a functional movement assessment. The Superior Method is able to detect even small anomalies in movement patterns so people working physically strenuous occupations can develop exercises to help them in their day-to-day responsibilities.

Pain-free, functional movement is always the overall goal, whether the patient is an athlete looking for an edge in training or an ordinary person wanting to do simple tasks easily


If you’re serious about moving better and having less pain, consider attending our day of free exams October 28th at Superior Physical Therapy. There are only 20 spots available. Call 231.944.6541 to reserve your spot.


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