While nothing really matters to Freddie Mercury, we’re certain everything matters to your patients. Honesty, transparency and top-notch communication are the cornerstones of patient education and motivation, no matter what field you serve. Unfortunately, many clinicians fall short when it comes to explaining why their methods matter and how they benefit their patients.

“I think it’s actually a really simple answer, and it’s something that we as therapists think about all the time but we don’t always do the best job explaining to our patients,” said Ashley Campbell PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, CGFI-2, an instructor with Advances in Clinical Education.

Campbell and the rest of her team preach the importance of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) when tackling this topic. By utilizing the functional continuum model, clinicians are granted the ability to understand the steps in their patient’s rehabilitation process, while the SFMA gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to break it all down. Having a deeper understanding from this dynamic full-body movement assessment makes patient education easy and effective!

The Four Steps in the Functional Continuum Model

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“By utilizing SFMA and finding the root cause, we can get them to that point where, hopefully, we don’t ever have to see them again with any other injuries, or at least that same injury,” said Campbell. “It empowers them to take control of their rehab and understand the importance of their home exercise program.”

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Learn more about the two forms of function and dysfunction in the video below as a part of our SFMA Professional Series!

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