The Structural Basis of Life

This second edition of the book entitled ‘Biotensegrity: the structural basis of life‘ is now available to purchase from Handspring and contains much information on the origins of tensegrity and the biotensegrity concept, the underlying principles and their implications for functional anatomy, biomechanics and clinical practice.

Biotensegrity is a structural design principle that describes a relationship between every part of an organism and the mechanical system that integrates them into a complete functional unit. It is a conceptual model that is causing a paradigm shift in biomechanical thinking and changing the way that we think about functional anatomy.

The book answers the question ‘What is biotensegrity?’ and reasons that all natural forms are the result of interactions between natural physical forces and the fundamental laws that regulate them. It shows that an appreciation of some basic physical principles leads to a better understanding of the human body as a functionally integrated and heterarchical unit, and is part of the basic science that underpins clinical reasoning.