[DISCLOSURE: Therapydia offered me a free Functional Movement Screening (FMS) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts below are my own.]
It’s no secret that with my job change last year, I found myself with a lot less free time and a lot less motivation to get out and exercise. In recent months, I’ve made it a high priority to fit in a work out – climbing before work, a run at lunch or after work, longer walks with Philly. When the fine folks at Therapydia Denver reached out and asked if I was interested in a Functional Movement Screening to assess current limitations or deficiencies to avoid injury, my interest was piqued. I know I’m not in prime fitness shape so I was interested in an analysis of where I could focus on improving.
I scheduled an appointment and visited Therapydia Denver before work on a Wednesday morning. The office is located just outside downtown proper (Lincoln and 8th, for the locals) and is nestled inside a gym.
When I arrived, I met Casey McNitt, Clinic Director, and Josh Hardy, Physical Therapist. I sat down with Casey for a few minutes before we started the screening to chat about my background, his background and what makes Therapydia different.
The first thing I loved about Therapydia is that both Casey and Josh are active – Josh even climbs at Movement, like I do! Because they’re active, they understand the passion athletes and active people have for recovering from an injury or getting stronger/better in their fitness.
Casey has also worked with NFL and NHL teams in preventative and rehab roles – so he knows what he’s talking about! Both Casey and Josh have significant experience but talk to patients in language we non-medical-world folks can understand. Through my many knee surgeries over the years, I’ve definitely encountered my faire share of PTs who did not speak in easy-to-understand lingo so Casey and Josh’s approach is much appreciated.
After our chat, it was time to start the screening!
The objective of the FMS screening is to identify potential areas of concern that could lead to injury. The whole process took 20 minutes and involved me doing a series of movements while Casey recored my ‘points’ based on how cleanly I was able to perform the movement. These movements measured flexibility and strength of key muscle groups; the lower the points I earned, the more prone to injury I am in that muscle group.
As I completed the movements, Casey explained the points I earned for each and recorded it in the FMS online system. At the end of the session, Casey reviewed my results with me on his iPad, highlighting exercises I can do to improve a few key areas (glutes and back/core strength, overall flexibility) and let me know that I’d receive detailed results through an email.
I’ve definitely made it a point to start incorporating the exercises after a run and I’m focusing on stretching before and after any exercise where I usually jump straight into the activity and jump straight out when I’m done.
For me, the FMS reinforced my need to make strength training – no matter how minor – part of my regularly scheduled fitness routine. I’m not as spry and bendy as I used to be and doing the same ol’ same ol’ exercises won’t yield effective results. I need to build and maintain a muscular base if I expect to get any better at climbing/running/backpacking/etc.
If you’re a Denver athlete or fitness enthusiast, I’d highly recommend the FMS screening with Dr. Casey and the Therapydia Denver team to learn about where you can improve your strength and flexibility.