Have you guys heard of tensegrity? I guess if you guys have heard of them it might be because of those tensegrity structures. What is Tensegrity and since this is a blog for allied health practitioners why am I talking about tensegrity you ask? Tensegrity is a form being held together by compressive or decompressive forces. One of the key elements of tensegrity is that while it is being maintained by a delicate balance of forces it is easily unraveled by disruption of some of the forces acting on the body. So why am I talking about Tensegrity the body itself is being held together by some sort of tensegrity. As I have talked about in one of my articles for the body to work optimally it should be in a state of balance and that balance in a sense if the tensegrity of the body. As such any disruption in the balance of the body causes disruption in the tensegrity of the body thus causing problems in the body’s capability to cope with the stress of everyday life as such having those small problems that eventually become noticeable injuries. This is one of the reasons that we experience small injuries even though we keep on doing the same activities. This basically happens because the healing mechanism of the body is impaired or decreased since it is not in a state that it can cope with the repetitive movements.
So why is tensegrity important as I have said each part is interrelated as such a problem in one area is not necessarily caused by the problem area. This is one of the problems in the health care industry today. This is most prominent for pain management nowadays. Have ankle pain? Buy this ankle support and support your ankle. Have back pain? Go here and get back massage. Most of the time the problem area is not the area that is injured it is the area that is working too much that it complains because of too much work. Comparing a body to a company usually the one that frequently complains about extra work is the one who gets worked dumped on by someone who either can’t do their job or won’t do their job for some reason. As such we always see that like the over worked worker in the company the one that complains a lot gets the wrong kind of attention. This is practically the same sometimes the pain is not the problem but it is because some other part of the body fails to do their job.
Osteopathy is practically based on the principle of finding where the problem is and why it is causing the problem. The body is able to heal itself given the right circumstances as long as the body is able to properly cope with the changes. As such when you seem to have a problem that constantly keeps appearing it might be noteworthy to check for other weak spots because you might be treating or having the wrong spot treated. I am not saying that osteopathy is superior to other systems, other systems have other ways of dealing with the tensegrity problem as such sometimes you can see overlaps within the system a specific example is the sports massage in New Zealand, has similarities with the physical therapy and osteopathy systems the only difference is their rationale or the reason why they are doing their treatment. In short when treating a problem and that problem seems to always appear at the same place or the same areas it might be an indication that that is not the implicated part.
So if you are a practitioner what are some tools that you can use so as to help you find the problem spot from the pain site. One of the things that I was doing when I was first starting out as a manual therapist is the Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers. I think this book is work a read it might be a bit technical but it helped me analyze which parts of the body are the indicated problem site for the body. As for what to do with the problem site it actually depends on the practitioner which I will leave for another day. One of the things that might be helpful is the fascial tugs just make sure that you are not dragging the skin or you will get biased results. Doing this things will help increase your chances of success as well as help increase your client base. By using this method my clients just seem to like the techniques and seem to refer me to other people. This is a huge moral boost specially for a person starting from scratch since I started from the field of occupational therapy which focused more on the occupation of the person and how we will help the person this was quite a big change in treatment perspective. As of now both perspectives help me in solving the problems of the person as a whole so having the perspective of both helps. Hopefully you enjoyed the article. If you enjoyed the article it will be nice if you would be able to drop a like on my Facebook page and feel free to share the article. Cheers!