Fascial Tension is a Different Story for Everyone

Illustration of 4 skeletons with different back pain origins.

Tensegrity is a way I view the human body and its relationship to gravity, movement, time, trauma and various other aspects of life.

“Tensegrity, tensional integrity or floating compression, is a structural principle based on the use of isolated components in compression inside a net of continuous tension, in such a way that the compressed members (usually bars or struts) do not touch each other and the prestressed tensioned members (usually cables or tendons) delineate the system spatially. -via Wikipedia


If you get this way of viewing the body, you can understand how foot pain isn’t just local to the foot. Back pain isn’t just local to the back. And I would take this idea even further that depression or anxiety isn’t just local to the mind, or a “loss of faith” isn’t just local to spirituality. It’s all connected and supportive of each other.

Regarding this video, as each line of tension is compromised, the whole system adapts and shifts to a new balance. However, as this compromise continues the shape and support of the model becomes more limited in its ability to shift and support.Our bodies are similar in many ways. Like the model, we adapt and change shape in our life from various influences. And our shape plays into the way we live our lives from each moment forward.

Everyone is unique. So is our pain and its source(s). It is just as unique in each of us as our fingerprints. My teacher, John F. Barnes, remarks about a diagnosis.

“A diagnosis is a myopic description of a symptom.”

Once a diagnosis has been given, a ‘recipe’ for curing said symptom can now be employed. There are some potential problems with this, from a fascial and whole mind-body perspective…..

Fascia Tends To Be Ignored

Fascia isn’t recognized by many healthcare professionals, yet, as a potential player in pain and dysfunction. Awareness is growing, but fascia still flies under the radar. Part of this reason is that fascia cannot be seen by standard tests like X-rays, MRI’s and CT scans. How can a effective diagnosis be made if not all the pieces are available to consider?

Along with that, if healthcare professionals are only treating/focusing on the symptoms but the cause is elsewhere in the body, what good does that do to help you out of your dilemma?

Paying attention to the fact that our bodies are intimately connected with everything inside of us, we need to open our lense wider at times to take in a more holistic picture of our health. This goes for both healthcare professionals and for the everyday populous.

Seek Out a John Barnes MFR Trained Therapist

As a Myofascial Release therapist, I take into account how fascia can play a significant role in whole body-mind function. If you are searching for a more holistic perspective regarding daily pain, poor posture, scar tissue, restricted movement, or other types of dysfunction seek out your nearest John F. Barnes Myofascial Release therapist here in Richmond, VA or where you live. Find me at James River Myofascial Release to schedule a Myofascial Release treatment. Not in my area, here’s where to find a Barnes MFR therapist.