ELDOA: A new way to stretch and contract your way to relief
The Future of Fitness Explained: ELDOA
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Maybe you first heard about ELDOAs at a pilates or yoga studio. Maybe this method was recommended to you by a physiotherapist or osteopath. If you suffer from chronic back or joint pain, recurring injuries, or just poor posture, it’s possible that you’ve stumbled on ELDOAs as a way to relieve and re-adjust your spine. But is this just another trendy mat exercise or will it actually produce the results you need?
What is the ELDOA method?
ELDOA is an acronym — that’s why you will always see it capitalized. Designed by French osteopath and medical doctor Guy VOYER D.O., ELDOA stands for Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire (translation: longitudinal osteoarticular decoaptation stretches). Using myofascial tension and muscle contractions, ELDOAs can affect the tissue, ligaments, nervous tissues, and organs associated with a joint or spinal segment.
What do I need to do?
The ELDOA Method is a series of postural exercises. Each exercise is carefully designed to “create space”. Getting into the postures isn’t hard, but holding them feels challenging, and precision is essential. ELDOA postures are very specific compared to other techniques. Each posture is held for 1 minute of tension, followed by a release. During this minute, you continue to reach and stretch—using your legs and arms to find the force needed to push more length into the spine and add more space around the target joint.
Does it work?
Everyone can benefit from the effects of ELDOAs but each person is different. From stress relief to improved recovery time, ELDOAs have a number of benefits. Many people report benefits including normalizing bulging discs, increased flexibility, reduced back and joint pain, relief of neck and shoulder pain, and improved posture.
Should I try it?
While there are ELDOA videos on YouTube, ELDOAs and Myofascial Stretches are very specific and complex techniques. They require attention to form and correct progressions. If you are interested in adding ELDOAs to your workouts, find a certified instructor. There are a number of studios in Toronto who conduct ELDOA classes. I’m also a certified ELDOA instructor and have successfully used these postures with my clients.
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