Berry Chiropractic Center Frederick MD

Functional Movement System.

Developed by Gray Cook

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) also evaluates whether your body is ready to take on a fitness plan, puts you on the road to genuine wellness, and tracks your progress along the way.  The FMS gives trainers consistent, unbiased feedback and measurable progress monitoring to hone in on what is working for clients and what’s not.

Functional Movement Screening.


How it Works-Simplfying Movement


Put simply, the FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.

The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.


What it Does-Widespread Benefits.


The FMS simplifies the concept of movement and its impact on the body. Its streamlined system has benefits for everyone involved – individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians.


Communication—The FMS utilizes simple language, making it easy for individuals, exercise professionals, and physicians to communicate clearly about progress and treatment.


Evaluation—The screen effortlessly identifies asymmetries and limitations, diminishing the need for extensive testing and analysis.


Standardization—The FMS creates a functional baseline to mark progress and provides a means to measure performance.


Safety—The FMS quickly identifies dangerous movement patterns so that they can be addressed. It also indicates an individual’s readiness to perform exercise so that realistic goals can be set and achieved.


Corrective Strategies—The FMS can be applied at any fitness level, simplifying corrective strategies of a wide array of movement issues. It identifies specific exercises based on individual FMS scores to instantly create customized treatment plans.


Dr. Berry is also Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist—CK-FMS

The Certified Kettlebell-Functional Movement Specialist (CK-FMS) is an advanced workshop Brett Jones and I present for Dragon Door and the RKC community. Over the course of four days, we show how the Functional Movement Screen can be used to screen clients and small groups, and then demonstrate various kettlebell-based corrective strategies. This is held twice a year in St. Paul, Minnesota.