I recently took a course called ELDOA 1 for certification in order to help my clients, friends and family get out of back pain because so many people are plagued with this type of pain including, yes, myself. Before this course I had already been somewhat familiar with this method. For the past few years when I worked with Dan Hellman in Ft. Lauderdale he was introduced to the works of Guy Voyer and started taking his courses. He was so excited and intrigued by what he was learning and would bring it back to help his clients and I was fortunate enough to also learn about some of what he was absorbing.
When I moved to California I also have had the privilege of being treated by Guy Voyer, DO who created this cutting edge method. To be honest, when I first heard about this method my initial thoughts were somewhat skeptical as I wondered “How does the ELDOA method really help back pain” and how can I use it for my clients? Although, I respected the opinion of my colleague Dan I wasn’t fully convinced until I started taking Guy Voyer’s courses, been treated by him and, started doing my own program of Eldoas for my back issues. I am deeply impressed with this method, his brilliance and knowledge of the body and, of those who have studied under him. I am now on this path to learn more and to be the best in this method as well.
“The ELDOA are postural exercises (LOADS in English) 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…… Designed by French osteopath Guy Voyer DO, the ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire utilize myofascial stretching to put tension around a primary lesion making it the center of “separating forces.” The myofascial tension solicits a postural normalization in a specific joint resulting in numerous benefits.
LOADS is the acronym in English of ELDOA meaning Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches which are postural self normalizing techniques, which aim at widening the space within a pair of joints. It is possible in one minute a day to relieve disc compression between L5-S1 or even more specifically at the base of the long arm of the left sacroiliac joint.” Legacy Performance and Integrated Wellness Center, LLC
Most back pain issues stem from some type of compression either from an accident, sitting at your computer all day working, staring at your phone texting, all types of bad posture and or congenital scoliosis. So, how then to reverse the compression? Guy Voyer, DO found that the ELDOAs greatly helped and minimized the degree of disc bulges and other back pain issues. He looked at the body as a whole and not just the age old model of one vertebra in relation to the next but rather in terms of the whole of the spine in relation to all of the body.
So, how does the Eldoa method help back pain? The simplest way to think about it is that it ‘creates space’ in the segments of the spine. It is an amazing method that can greatly reduce the amount of surgeries people have to endure the older they get, after years of poor postural alignment sitting at a computer, injury from accidents, or extreme exercise athletic endeavors.
If you have back pain and are looking for a cutting edge method to eliminate it I highly recommend seeking out a Soma trained certified ELDOA specialist to help.