What is ELDOA? (Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation Stretching)

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What is ELDOA?

ELDOA is the only form of exercise that works to create space in specific vertebral junctions within the spine. The ELDOA exercises also work on the strength of the postural system and stretching and elongating of the fascial(connective tissue) chains. As you strengthen the intrinsic(deeper) muscles surrounding the spine, you simultaneously work on stretching some of the bigger and commonly tight muscles such as the lats, hamstrings and muscles of the hips and shoulders.


The goal of the ELDOA is to create space for the disc, the nerve root and the entire joint segment. The ELDOA increases blood flow and stimulates water intake for the intervertebral disc. It also creates space for the facet(zygapophysial) joints which are often arthritic and a common cause of back pain, neck pain and other spine pathologies. Because of the different layers of complexity, it takes practice and requires an experienced instructor for cueing and precision.

ELDOA class for general wellness

Postural strength and awareness of your body will increase dramatically from taking the classes. As you continue to practice, the quality of your exercise will increase, your strength will increase and you will have a greater effect at each particular joint region.

If you have a pathology such as a disc bulge, disc herniation, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, ankylosing spondylitis, spondylosis, facet joint arthropathy, etc.; it is a good idea to get a full evaluation and work with an experienced ELDOA trainer.

Where did the name come from?

ELDOA was originally developed in Europe by a French Osteopath by the name of Guy Voyer. It is a French acronym that translates to English as LOADS.

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