Definition: The ELDOA are postural exercises (LOADS) that you can do yourself with the primary goal being to increase the space within a chosen articulation.  As the ELDOA ‘create’ space, there is an improvement in joint mechanics, increased blood flow, reduced pressure on the discs, a reduction of pain, spinal disc rehydration, better muscle tone, improved posture, and a sense of well being and awareness.

 

The goals of the ELDOA are as follows:

 

  1. To create more space between the vertebrae.

 

  1. To create more space for the intervertebral disc.

 

  1. To depress the nerve between the vertebrae.

 

  1. To improve proprioception of the vertebral joint segment.

 

  1. To improve proprioception of the Functional Spinal Unit (FSU).

 

  1. To hydrate the intervertebral disc.

 

  1. To move all the parts of the annulus fibrosis to stimulate the water intake.