What is Tensegrity Medicine?
Tensegrity Medicine is a new approach to manual therapy centered on the relationship of the whole body with an individual’s interaction with their environment. Based upon biotensegrity concepts derived from Stephen Levin’s biologic interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s concepts of Tensegrity, the method approaches a body comprised of ‘equal forces of tensional compression and distraction’.
Differing from traditional therapy approaches that treat symptoms and body parts in isolation, Tensegrity Medicine instead examines and treats the global adaptive patterns that develop following injury, trauma, or repetitive movement patterns.
This unique form of therapy derives its foundation from the latest research and clinical findings related to fascia, movement, and neuropsychoimmunology as a way to understand more global concepts related to health and wellness.
Along with physical injury or a disease process, the individual’s response to life’s stresses lead to symptoms and loss of function. Tensegrity Medicine evaluates and addresses the whole person and their relationship with their environment to create increased awareness and choices for modified behavior and movement. A comprehensive holistic evaluation is completed to understand in more detail the clients history of lifestyle stressors, coping mechanisms, and belief systems which may be driving their current physiologic state. Dialoguing about these patterns is interwoven into the treatment setting as a means to alter patterns which may no longer be serving the individual and may be contributing to their pain or dysfunction. New habits are introduced and explored as a means to modify these patterns and to introduce a new way of being.
A wide variety of diagnostics tools and assessment principles are utilized within this model. An emphasis on connective tissue evaluation via Myofascial Testing is used to determine restriction patterns that may be contributing to altered tension patterns and system stagnations. Using these specific diagnostic assessments, the therapist is able to create a customized treatment plan, individualized for the client’s unique patterns.
The Tensegrity Medicine therapist utilizes a number of innovative light touch techniques, based on the latest science of the nervous and fascial systems, to affect these abnormal tension patterns which may be altering joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, or nerve functioning. During these manual therapy techniques, an emphasis is placed on heightening the client’s interoceptive awareness of their holding patterns and sensations that may arise during the session. Often these sensations become a basis of inquiry to allow tensional patterns to shift and expand. Movement re-education is incorporated either during or after the session as a means to integrate the body’s response and to allow an adaptive three-dimensional change within the system. Education on new movement and postural patterns along with lifestyle choices are emphasized as a means for the client to express the new freedom of movement, experience of balance, and new way of being within the system.