Functional Movement and Mobility

Functional Movement and Mobility

Our bodies are designed to move.  Today, modern schooling and office based environments, coupled with technology based entertainment with excessive periods of sitting, are not complimentary to our body’s optimal function.


Functional movement describes fundamental movement patterns that are key to movement quality in individuals – exercises and movements we should all be able to do, every day.  These include squatting, lunging, trunk rotation, overhead lifting etc.

Our Osteopaths are expert at finding any limitations or restrictions in the body and work with the patient on improving mobility and correcting these movement patterns, to ensure your body does not compensate and continue the pattern of poor bio-mechanics.


Function Movement Systems Screening (FMS Screening)

Only qualified and certified Practitioners can administer the FMS screening programme.  Here at Waikato Osteopathic Centre many of our clinicians are qualified to do so.

FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.

These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic loco motor, manipulative and stabilising movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and motor control is not utilised.

Put simply, the FMS screen 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 then directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.

Our Osteopaths 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.