The concept of tensegrity within a living form, produced by tensional forces between ridged and pliable structures, resembles the tensegrity model that has been illustrated through architectures and sculptures.  A tensegrity model relies on localised areas of compression that are connected, unit wide by tensile force. Ridged structures, surrounded by the continuous tensional forces of pliable structures, appear to float within the construction (Fuller, 1975, as cited in Hohenschurz-Schmidt, Esteves, & Thomson, 2016). The human body offers a biomechanical example, combining rigid structures (bones) and tensioned elements (connective tissue) that form a stable arrangement with global tensional connections. (Hohenschurz-Schmidt, Esteves, Read More

Functional Sling of the Foot

Peroneus longus is located laterally on the leg, originating at the head of the fibula and the proximal two-thirds of the fibula. The insertion points require the peroneus tendon to cross deep in the plantar surface inserting laterally on the medial cuneiform and base of the first metatarsal (Biel, 2014). Tibialis anterior as it name suggests is located on the anterior surface of the leg, originating at the interosseous membrane, lateral surface of the tibia and the lateral condyle of the tibia. It inserts medially on the plantar surface of medial cuneiform and base of the first metatarsal (Biel, 2014). Read More

Health – a segregated approach

A noticeable segregation between allopathic and alternative health corresponds with the development of Homeopathy and is prior to the general acceptance (1885) of germ theory. The founder of Homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), invented the word allopathic (allos ‘opposite’, pathos ‘suffering) to describe medical treatments of the day. Hahnemann was dismayed by the medical treatments he observed, such as the use of highly toxic drugs, bleeding and purging, that he withdrew from practicing medicine. Hahnemann later returned to medicine through his research and developed Homeopathy. Many of his medical colleagues observed the outcomes he achieved with his holistic approach. Some Read More

Holism in Health

Vincent Di Stefano points out in his book Holism and Complementary Medicine ‘…the concept of holism that underpins complementary medicine practice is not a recent development’, as indicated by this historical statement “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Aristotle, 384–322 BC) Aristotle’s statement appears simple but the more it is consider the more complex it become as we investigate what those parts are in relation to human ailments. In my experience health is about a state of being that involves a level of peace with all of the parts of the world around us. I see Read More