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Tensegrity is a 3D structure based on envelopes and struts, derived from the words tension and integrity. The skeleton, fibrous connective tissues, and skeletal muscle are among the components that form the body. These structures have an interwoven relationship of tension and compression which maintains form and function. The concept has been used to help explain how stresses at one point in the body can lead to referred pain and help inform functional approaches to treating musculoskeletal disorders. It is a competing model to the lever system for explaining biomechanics.