Basically, tensegrity structures are comprised of discontinuous compression elements. These are the wooden dowels in the model on the left, which do not touch.
In the human body, these are the bones. We have joint spaces and our bones are essentially suspended like these wooden dowels.
Tensegrity models are also comprised of continuous tension elements, which are what give the structure its integrity. These are the elastic bands in the model and the myofascial planes—in other words, the sinew channels—in the human body.
What this means is that it is the continuous and, preferably, the balanced tension of the sinew channels that gives shape and form to our bony structure. And, it is the imbalanced relationship of these channels that can hold strain in the body and lead to injury
If we were to push and pull on the tensegrity model, we would see that the load is dispersed through the entire structure. Again, this is the same in the body and injury can occur when more stress is put into the structure than the soft tissue can dissipate.
When it does get injured, it will often occur at the weakest link. Many times that ‘weakest link’ is already compromised (and made weaker) by imbalances in the channel system that can be observed in things such as valgus knees, an anterior or posterior pelvic tilt, or, in the case of the QL, an elevated ilium.
When treating pain in the body, we can consider this tensegrity model to better understand that we need to not only treat the channel where the pain is, but also the other channels that are part of the overall imbalance.