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ELDOA News: Tensegrity Biomechanics of the Shoulder is Not New

Tensegrity Biomechanics of the Shoulder is not new!

In a surprise announcement today, the Texas Rangers baseball club announced that their ace pitcher Yu Darvish appears to have inflammation and tears in the elbow region. But how is that possible when he originally complained of tightness in his trice(s) region?

Tensegrity biomechanics clearly explains this.

The fascia of the upper limb is a series of chains of connective tissue that give structure and support to ALL the tissue in the upper limb, beginning at the level of the fingers, and continuing all the way, in many instances, to attach in the region of the neck and head.

The neck and head are affected by the posture of the spine and pelvis; the fascia of the upper limb are in relation to many structures, for example, the triceps fascia has a relationship to the ante-brachial fascia and biceps muscle, the anconeus muscle at the level of the elbow, and the classic rotator cuff tissue of the shoulder.

That is why it come as no surprise to me that the initial “triceps tightness” was just a sign of one group of tissue in a chain of many structures indicative of a problem of the upper limb, shoulder girdle as well as the spine, and pelvis.

You see, in tensgrity biomechanics the shoulder is five joints that compose one of two major girdles that give shape and and help to mange the posture of the body; however, this girdle is affected by the position of the other girdle, the pelvic girdle… and the biomechanics of the spine, too.

This is Tensegrity Biomechanics.

That is why it comes as no surprise that Darvish has elbow problems now, this early in the season; last year the club shut him down near the end of the year with “elbow inflammation”. His MRI’s came back clean this winter and headed into spring practice, which is why this incident comes as a surprise, according to the club, but you as the reader needs to understand that sports medicine and therapy is dated with respect to rehab.

An MRI, for example only tells part of the story. They are not always accurate and not everything can be seen in a scan. The best form of evaluation is medical imaging in combination with physical examination, but this model takes more time and respects a complex, non-linear process with a subjective component on the part of physician, as he needs to put all of the information together into a proper diagnosis, a diagnosis that might not be the same as imaging displays, but the body never lies!

The modern sports medicine model is linear, and so is the rehabilitation.


How then are both Darvish and Profar out for the season before it just began?  GM Jon Daniels is on record as stating the team is gathering information to evaluate training and medicine… evaluate the data all you want, but if you don’t change the lens through which you view the data, nothing will change.


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