Fascial Tension is a Different Story for Everyone

Fascial tension is a different story for everyone. Everyone's pain is different. Treatment protocols don't work.

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 your foot pain isn’t just local to your foot. Your back pain isn’t just local to your back. And I would take this idea even further that your depression or anxiety isn’t just local to your mind, or your “loss of faith” isn’t just local to your spirituality. It’s all connected and supportive of each other.

Notice in this video. As each line of tension is snipped, the whole system adapts to the dysfunction and shifts to a new balance. However, as the snipping continues, the shape and support of the tensegrity model becomes more limited in its ability to adapt and support.

Our bodies are similar in many ways. Like the model, you adapt and change shape in your life from various influences and insults.

Your shape affects the myofascial tension in your body. The way you live your life from each moment forward.

Everyone is unique. So is your pain and its fascia tension. Just as unique in each of you as your fingerprint. 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 primary factor 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 your body is intimately connected with everything inside of you, you need to open your lense wider at times to take in a more holistic picture of your 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 plays a significant role in your pain.


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.