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ELDOA (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire)


Definition:  The ELDOA™ are postural exercises (LOADS) 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.

The human spine is a complicated and vital structure. Compression and articular blocks can cause pain, arthritis and neurological conditions. The ELDOA™ postures are a highly effective solution to these conditions. The ELDOA™ are very precise postures that target a specific joint region to provide relief from pain and restore balance.

Designed by French osteopath, Guy VOYER, DO, the ELDOA™ 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 (Longitudinal Osteo-articular Decoaptation Stretches – the English acronym) 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.

6 Levels of the ELDOA™ Certification Program

The goal of the ELDOA™ education program is to educate students at a higher level and improve the application of the exercise.  This is accomplished by focusing more time on building a better foundation of knowledge set by Guy VOYER, DO and respecting his educational paradigm for learning.  Students are able to increase their capacity to incorporate more advanced coaching methods to test, evaluate, and treat with better comprehension and understanding of educational principles to correct the body.
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  • Classic spinal ELDOA™ exercises
  • Descriptive anatomy of the spine
  • History of ELDOA™
  • VOYER Methodology
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  • ELDOA™ exercises for all the Spine: L5/S1 up through C2/C3
  • Descriptive anatomy of the spine
  • Intro to tensegritive biomechanics of the spine
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  • ELDOA™ exercises for the Peripheral joints: Rib/Sternal, Shoulder, Hip joints
  • Descriptive anatomy of peripheral joints
  • Intro to tensegritive biomechanics of the peripheral joints
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Certified ELDOA™ Trainer
  • ELDOA™ exercises for the Pelvis
  • Descriptive anatomy of the pelvis
  • Intro to tensegrity biomechanics for the 22 axes of the pelvis
  • Knowledge on mastering the tests of the sacroiliac joint
  • Online lecture taught by Guy VOYER, DO
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Certified ELDOA™ Therapist
  • ELDOA™ exercises for all spinal pathologies (lumbar, thoracic, cervical & TMJ)
  • Orthopedic spinal pathologies
  • Tensegritive biomechanics for all spinal pathologies (lumbar, thoracic, cervical & TMJ)
  • Taught by Guy VOYER, DO
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Certified ELDOA™ Expert
  • How to organize your self-treatment with ELDOA™
  • Part 1: Mastery of the biomechanics of the skull and face bones
  • Part 2: Mastery of all the ELDOAs™ of all the joints of the body in a particular situation
  • Ex. a hip or shoulder with a prosthesis; an amputation; a spine with a Harrington rod; 2/3/4 vertebrae in fusion; an artificial disc; a post-traumatic osteosynthesis; a hemi-sacralization; a post-laminectomy; a vertebral tumor; a vertebral lumbarization; etc...
  • The study of some links with GPS (Global Postural Stretching) and GDN (Global Dynamic Normalisation) type exercises
  • How to develop an ELDOA for a specific situation?Mastering ELDOA 6 will allow you to be an ELDOA Expert.
  • Taught by Guy VOYER, DO

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3 women in the T8/T9 ELDOA position