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  • Writer's pictureEduardo Picasso

Osteopathy and the concept of Tensegrity


Tensegrity is a concept derived from architecture, which means "tensional integrity". Tensegrity systems have the ability to self-stabilize and are very resistant. According to a simple definition of tensegrity, it is a structural system made up of discontinuous compression elements (in the human body it would be the bones) connected by continuous tension cables (it would be the connective tissue or fascia), which, due to the way in which forces are distributed inside it, it constitutes a self-stabilizing structure. If we were to compare it with a camping tent, the compression elements are the poles of the tent, and the tension cables would be the fabric that surrounds it. A tent seems extremely light and fragile, however thanks to the intrinsic property of tensegrity, it is very resistant. The forces applied to it are quickly distributed in all directions, deforming as a whole. When the external force is no longer applied, the tent returns to its original shape, that is, it stabilizes itself and returns to its axis. The human body is a system with tensegrity, and the tensions in its connective tissue (fibrous membrane that interconnects and surrounds all its structures) are distributed throughout the entire body system, and can generate symptoms at a distance. The goal of osteopathy is to remove these destabilizing forces allowing the body to reorganize and self-stabilize itself.

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