A simple ELDOA for low back pain.
Why is the lower back more prone to pain and injury than the other parts of the spine?
The lower back (lumbar spine) has five lumbar vertebrae (L1-L5). These vertebrae are the largest, unfused vertebrae in the spinal column allowing them to support the weight of the upper body. The lower the vertebrae in the spinal column, the more weight it must bear. This means that the L4-L5 and L5-S1 spinal segments, which include the vertebrae and the discs, bear the most weight and are therefore the most prone to degradation and injury. The discs between the vertebrae are like rubbery, water filled pads that act like shock absorbers in the spinal column to cushion the bones as the body moves. When the lower vertebrae are compressed, they essentially “squish” the disc between them. On a very simplistic level, this compression creates increased wear and tear not only on the vertebrae, but also on the discs and the surrounding connecting structures. Over time, this compression can create pain and lead to injury.
To address this compression, the L5- S1 ELDOA posture was created. Done daily for a one minute hold in the full posture, you can begin to decompress the spine and allow the opportunity for the discs to rehydrate and heal.
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