Understanding Biotensegrity

Biotensegrity is the structural concept of harmony between compression and tension. Biological structures (muscles, bones, fascia, ligaments, tendons, rigid and elastic cell membranes) are made strong by the balance of tensioned and compressed parts.

The word “Biotensegrity” was created out of a combination of the following 3 words;

  • Biology – from the greek words /bios/ meaning /life/ and /logos/ meaning /study/ and is defined as the science of life and living organisms
  • Tension – apply a force to (something) which tends to stretch it
  • Integrity – the condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction

Tight or painful muscles and fascia affect the horse’s Biotensegrity on all levels. Excess tension or immobility in one area can distort related muscle function, range of motion, joint alignment, and even overall posture, balance and straightness. Tight myofascia and chronic stresses affect fluid levels and viscosity in and around tissues.

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