Sports Physiotherapy Stefan DuellKNEE TENSEGRITY ⠀ [FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY] ⠀ This post is a great follow up to my previous posts about the thigh muscles (scroll down timeline). ⠀ All muscles I talked about are mainly involved in stabilizing the knee joint and also make sure your knee is healthy! ⠀ Tensegrity biomechanics are governed by the balance of tension and compression. ⠀ Here we see a diagram of the muscles that attach to the lower limb (tibia and fibula). The tensional balance of these muscles pulleys must be equal in order to manage the compression of the knee joint and its internal contents. If tension is unequal in any of these tissues, compression ensues (meniscus). ⠀ In the first picture, the arrows represent the muscles that effect the knee joint/distal femur directly. They all balance each other’s pull through a tensegrity system. ⠀ They are: Biceps femoris (1) IT Band (2) Quadriceps tendon (3) Semimembranosis (4) Sartorius (5) Gracilis (6) Semitendinosus (7) ⠀ Balanced tissue tension → joint centration → optimal knee function. ⠀ Now you can question yourself if Osteoarthritis is a disease or a by product of the imbalance between tension and compression? ⠀ This points out how important it is to work continuously on imbalances not only at the knee joint but at the whole musculo-sceleto-fascial system especially if you work with professional athletes! ⠀ Know your functional anatomy, not just what the books say. It will make you a better doctor, therapist or coach. ⠀ Credit: @anatomylinks
When she pioneered her work more than 50 years ago, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D., first called her work Structural Integration. The genius of the work rests on Dr. Rolf’s insight that the body is more at ease and functions most effectively when its structure is balanced in gravity.
She observed that, over time, the field of gravity actually accentuates the body’s imbalances and diminishes its flexibility. Based on these core observations, she developed her groundbreaking methods of hands-on manipulation which later became known as Rolfing – to reduce gravity’s adverse effects on the body.