Move!

Ministery of silly walks &  the fascia.

In 1 word; Tensegrity.  The term Tensegrity was first used by architect and inventor Buckminister Fuller

Biotensegrity, a term coined by Dr. Stephen Levin, is the application of tensegrity principles to biologic structures. Biological structures such as muscles, bones, fascia, ligaments and tendons, or rigid and elastic cell membranes, are made strong by the unison of tensioned and compressed parts. The muscular-skeletal system is a synergy of muscle and bone. The muscles and connective tissues provide continuous pull and the bones present the discontinuous compression.

A theory of tensegrity in molecular biology to explain cellular structure has been developed by Donald Ingber. For instance, the expressed shapes of cells, whether it be their reactions to applied pressure, interactions with substrates, etc., all can be mathematically modeled if a tensegrity model is used for the cell’s cytoskeleton. Furthermore, the geometric patterns found throughout nature (the helix of DNA, the geodesic dome of a volvox, Buckminsterfullerene, and more) may also be understood based on applying the principles of tensegrity to the spontaneous self-assembly of compounds, proteins, and even organs. This view is supported by how the tension-compression interactions of tensegrity minimize material needed, add structural resiliency, and constitute the most efficient possible use of space. Therefore, natural selection pressures would strongly favor biological systems organized in a tensegrity manner

It is a common misconception; our skeleton can stand on its own.the tensegrity model shows that 1 single force in 1 part of our body effects the whole system!  just consider a….tent.

BioTensegrity explanied via a tent.

BioTensegrity explanied via a tent.

 

Remember the last time you set up your tent? Starting with al the structural parts like poles, ropes and the fabric of the tent. All individually scattered on the grass or soil.  And them you started to put everything together, creating tension and compression.  You created a sturdy and flexible structure from a  bunch of loose parts.

What renders the Fascia unhappy?

Three crucial things are important for fascial health and great functioning of the fascia: Hydration, Breathing right and Movement.  The next post I will talk about the role of water. But first ; what is the role of movement in fascial health and good functioning of your body?

Look here:  muscles are designed to contract and relax. Fascia is designed to create and sustain structure.

Imagine this: you are busy at your desk, looking at your computer screen all day long. During that time you start to slide and bend more and more, while the muscles in your back start to get tired (you are training like an Olympian!). On top of that your head move/falls forward without you noticing, while it needs to sit right on top of your spine! And before you know it all muscles involved are crying for release of tension….some of them are not meant to hold up a 12-pound bowling ball!

if you would do this one time only, and you control your muscles well, no big deal. But be honest. The real problems start when you continue this behavior day after day after day. The poor levator scapulae muscles cannot cope with this any more. En so collagen goes en-route to help out.

Habits are cobweb at first, next cables. -Spanish proverb

The body produces collagen and these fibers create helpful stiffness in our structures. This thickening of the myofascia will strengthen parts depending on your daily pattern of movement.  Movement is crucial to our well-being!! Not only for the health of systems, also for our brain (in a later blog more on this phenomena.) Make sure you move to enable muscles to do what they are designed for; contract and relax instead of becoming inflexible, locked long, locked short and painful. 

This next video shows  Dr. Gil Headley Ph. D. and his famous ‘Fuzz-speech’

Therefore, my advice to you : MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!!!!

I advice all my clients to stretch like a cat every morning and to perform a Ministry of silly walks-routine at least every hour during a working day (that is if you are working behind a computer for the greater part of your day) . En while behind your pc, use your arm-rest, consult your in-company health-adviser and make sure your workplace is adaptable with your needs. And perform some easy muscle contract-relax-stretch-routines regularly.

Neglect this advice and I will welcome you warmly and soon in one of my practice locations 😉

And of course you are always welcome for an extraordinarily good relaxation massage treatment.

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