Functional Movement Therapy

Dr. Bruce is a certified member of Functional Movement Systems (FMS). 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.

Dr. Bruce will monitor the Functional Movement Therapy score to track progress and to identify exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual. In the Faulty Movement Pattern courses functional evaluation is a key.

What’s unique about the functional paradigm:

  • We base treatment of functional not structural pathology
  • We distinguish pain and dysfunction & focus treatment on dysfunction
  • The goal of care is resumption of activities, not pain relief
  • There are no protocols only principles
  • Therefore, each patient or athlete’s routine is customized

Benefits of the FMS

  • Focus on the fundamentals of movement
  • Facilitate communication with both clients and physicians
  • Identify physical imbalances, limitations, and weaknesses
  • Establish a functional baseline to mark progress
  • Improve fundamental movement patterns with simple corrective exercises
  • Individualize training and conditioning programs for specific results
  • Reduce the potential for training and sports injuries

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Chiropractor, Dr. Sharon Bruce

Dr. Bruce began her career in chiropractic medicine after graduating from Lifewest Chiropractic College in the year 2000. She opened a chiropractic clinic and started practicing in Long Beach, California shortly after graduating. During her tenure at Lifewest, her training as a Doctor of Chiropractic was based on the principle of achieving the maximum potential for physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. While pursuing her education she became knowledgeable in clinical science, anatomy, physiology, along with various other health related topics that related to practicing as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Since that time she has continued her education by receiving numerous additional certifications. She has received certification in the following areas:

Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician
Functional Movement Screen
Selective Functional Movement Assessment

In addition, she has received training from the Spine Research Institution of San Diego. Using her education and knowledge Dr. Bruce has determined that focus should be placed on spinal health and wellness since they are they keys to overall health and well being.

Certifications and Degrees
Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians 2013
Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified – 2009
Functional Movement Screen Certified – 2009
Spine Research Instituion of San Diego – 2005
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician – 2003
DC Degree, Lifewest Chiropractic College, California – 2000
MS Degree, Virginia Tech University, Virginia – 1998
Functional Movement SystemsBS Degree, Longwood College, Virginia – 1986
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Chiropractor Dr Sharon Bruce of the Lumbar Yard is a member of ACBSP