To Understand Posture, One Must Understand Tensegrity

Tensegrity (tension with integrity) is a balance of forces that reach a stable but dynamic equilibrium. It is a structural principle in which a system’s stability is created through its own balanced tensions. This balance results in a system with maximum efficiency of spatial organization and energy expenditure.

The human body is a tensegrity structure organized by the fascial web. The fascial web is an intricate, three-dimensional web of tension, composed of collagen and elastin fibers, that resists compression by organizing, balancing and suspending all the systems within it, including the muscular and skeletal systems.

In other words, our bodies are organized by one continuous fascial web (rubber bands) with pockets of concentrated muscle cells (pull on the rubber bands), all organized around bones (sticks) that are suspended and balanced within the web of tension. (Refer to the illustrations below)

Balanced Tensions Equal Good Posture

Normal Posture is created by balanced tensioning of the fascial web. Balanced tensioning allows the body to be held in line with gravity and to move as a unified, coordinated system with proper joint positioning, full range of motion, and efficient and maximum generation of power.

When the web of tension is not balanced, the tensegrity structure turns into a compressional structure, creating muscular imbalances, pain, and injuries. If one part of the body is out of balance, the entire body is affected and becomes out of balance. If the imbalance persists and is not addressed, the body will conform and adhere to the new pattern.

Seated Posture