ELDOA is a method of exercise that “creates space” and improves the function of specific joints while also strengthening the postural muscles that support the spine. In the world that we live in today many of us are bombarded by modern technology. With the use of computers, smart phones, riding in vehicles, etc., many of us begin to develop more restrictions and myofascial (connective tissue) tension in our bodies as we age. This can lead to chronic joint pain and other maladies that can restrict bodily movements.

ELDOA’s are specific postures or positions that are held for one minute and target specific vertebral levels of the spine to enhance mobility. For example, if someone has signs of joint degeneration and loss of disc height at the L5/S1 level of the lumbar(lower) spine, then this person could perform the L5/S1 ELDOA for one minute everyday to create disc space and relieve compression of the disc and nerve roots.

When performed everyday, the ELDOA exercise have been shown to significantly relieve back and neck pain, nerve compression, improve joint mechanics and increase a sense of well-being. These are just a few of the immediate effects that most people experience. Some of the long term effects include very strong posture, metabolic/hormonal balance, diminishing or eliminating chronic joint pain, and increased proprioception (body awareness).

The corrective technique was created by French Osteopath, Dr. Guy Voyer. ELDOA is a French acronym that translates to English meaning L.O. A.D.S. (Longintudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation Stretches).


Personal Experience

I have been using the ELDOA exercise in my practice since June of 2012. The results I have experienced have been remarkable. I’ve been teaching corrective exercise and stretching techniques for over eight years with the goal of improving pain, posture, and joint mechanics. Although, I’ve received tremendous results with my work in the past, the benefits of practicing these exercises far eclipse my previous corrective endeavors!

I have noticed greater mobility in my joints and stronger posture within a shorter period of time as opposed to practicing conventional stretches. This is highly rewarding, because people don’t particularly enjoy the corrective phase of their exercise program. I have found that most people want to advance straight into the high performance exercises without having to do the tedious but more important corrective and stabilization exercises.

ELDOA Courses

  • ELDOA 1&2

    August 1-4, 2024 - New Orleans, LA