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Highlighting the Power of Functional Movement Screening

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Welcome to the Capstone Physical Therapy and Fitness blog! As a team of dedicated physical therapists, our mission is to help you achieve your fitness and health goals. Today, we are excited to introduce you to the world of Functional Movement Screening (FMS) – an essential component of our comprehensive approach to physical therapy and fitness.

What is Functional Movement Screening?

Functional Movement Screening is a systematic evaluation tool designed to assess an individual’s movement patterns, identify imbalances, and reveal potential weaknesses that could lead to injury or hinder performance. The FMS consists of a series of seven specific tests that gauge an individual’s mobility, stability, and overall functional movement. By analyzing the results, our physical therapists can develop tailored exercise programs to address any deficits and help prevent future injuries.

The Seven FMS Tests

Deep Squat: This test assesses lower body and core strength, mobility, and stability. It also helps identify any imbalances between the left and right sides of the body.

Hurdle Step: This test evaluates hip mobility, stability, and the ability to maintain balance while stepping over an object.

In-Line Lunge: This test examines hip and ankle mobility, knee stability, and the ability to maintain proper alignment during a lunge movement.

Shoulder Mobility: This test checks the flexibility and stability of the shoulders, as well as the thoracic spine’s mobility.

Active Straight Leg Raise: This test assesses hamstring flexibility and hip mobility, which are crucial for daily activities and athletic performance.

Trunk Stability Push-Up: This test measures core strength and stability during a push-up movement.

Rotary Stability: This test evaluates core strength and the ability to maintain balance while performing a crawling movement with a twist.

How FMS Benefits You

By identifying areas of weakness and potential risks for injury, FMS enables our physical therapists to create personalized exercise programs that target your specific needs. This targeted approach ensures that you can:

Improve your mobility, stability, and balance.
Enhance your athletic performance.
Reduce the risk of injury.
Address and correct movement dysfunctions.
Optimize your training and rehabilitation efforts.


Functional Movement Screening is a valuable tool that plays a crucial role in our approach to physical therapy and fitness at Capstone Physical Therapy and Fitness. By helping us understand your unique movement patterns, FMS allows us to develop customized exercise programs that cater to your specific needs and goals. Contact us! Together, we can work towards improved mobility, reduced injury risk, and a better quality of life! Stay tuned for more insightful blog posts about physical therapy, fitness, and overall wellness.