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How does the ELDOA method help back pain?

Eldoa classI 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.

What is Eldoa method?

“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.

The Goals of the ELDOA

  1. To create more space between the vertebrae.
  2. To create more space for the intervertebral disc.
  3. To depress the nerve between the vertebrae.
  4. To improve proprioception of the vertebral joint segment.
  5. To improve proprioception of the Functional Spinal Unit.
  6. To hydrate the intervertebral disc.
  7. To move all the parts of the annulus fibrosis to stimulate the water intake.

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.


9 Responses

  • Praveen

    November 14th, 2016

    Is there any online classes available?
    I am from Banglore, India.
    Please let me know the details.

  • Sculpted Physiques

    November 22nd, 2016

    No, unfortunately there are no online Eldoa classes at this time.

  • Taylor

    March 28th, 2017

    Great article!
    I appreciate the sharing of quality, empowing information!
    Can you please respond to me by email informing me of anywhere and everywhere in the United States that it would be possible for me to acquire an in person certification.
    I am fixated on this method and will learn more about it. I really hope you can be the one to help me!
    With sincerity and homage,

  • Sculpted Physiques

    March 28th, 2017

    Thank you, Taylor! I’ll email you soon.

  • Norah

    June 4th, 2017

    Thanks for posting! Encorporating eldoas into our regular workouts has been life changing for both me and my husband. My neck pain is gone and my range of motion has really improved!

  • Sculpted Physiques

    June 6th, 2017

    I’m so glad! Yes, Guy Voyer’s ELDOA method really is an incredible tool for spinal pathologies, compressions which so many people have, as you know, due to the sedentary lifestyle people live.


    January 4th, 2018

    Are there any practitioners in San Diego to Las Vegas to learn to help my back problems

  • Sculpted Physiques

    January 5th, 2018

    Hi Ernie, you can try Janet Alexander at Pacific Fitness and Health….website is http://pacificfitnesshealth.com/.

    Hope that’s helpful!

  • Sculpted Physiques

    January 5th, 2018

    Hi Ernie, you can try Janet Alexander at Pacific Fitness and Health….website is http://pacificfitnesshealth.com/.

    Hope that’s helpful!

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