The ELDOA method is an innovative form of exercise developed by world-renowned osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer. ELDOA exercises consist of a series of specific postures aimed at relieving pressure and increasing blood flow around particular joints or spinal segments. This technique is a highly effective way to reduce pain, increase circulation, and improve posture, balance, and spine health.
The Science Behind ELDOA
ELDOA is a French acronym that translates to Longitudinal Stretching with Osteo-Articular Decoaptation. The ELDOA method consists of postural exercises (LOADS) that target specific joints and work to decompress, relieve pain, and restore function and balance. These exercises utilize connections throughout various parts of the body to carefully organize tension and produce a reduction of compression (decoaptation) at a specific joint. The primary goal is to increase the space within a chosen articulation (an articulation is a joint or juncture between two bones or cartilages). This creation of added space relieves pressure, normalizes the movement of fluid through the tissues, and thus allows for detoxification and nourishment of the cells.
The Benefits of ELDOA
The human spine is a complicated and vital structure. Gravity, exercise, and athletic activity cause compressive forces on the spine and joints throughout the body that can be damaging and painful. The ELDOA technique helps combat the rigors of exercise by reducing and relieving such compressive forces.
The ELDOA method is great for joint and spine health, blood flow, cardiovascular delivery, respiratory function, and proprioception, as well as muscle tone, awareness, and endurance. It provides many health benefits, including:
Spinal disc rehydration
Improved joint mechanics
Reduced vertebral compression
Improved balance, stability, mobility, and flexibility
Improved core function and brain function
Ready to Give It a Try?
Liam Springer is one of the first St. Louis practitioners to be trained in this unique method of exercise. For hands-on training with the ELDOA method in a group setting, you can sign up for classes or purchase class packages on Liam Springer’s MindBody page. If you’d like to read more about ELDOA, check out Liam’s blog.