ELDOA is a French acronym that translated stands for Stretching in the longitudinal axis to create decoaptation (separation) of the osteo-articular joints. It is a revolutionary rehabilitative technique that involves decompressing and strengthening a targeted joint segment. The technique was developed by world-renowned French osteopath Guy VOYER.

Various rehabilitation philisophies such as The R. Klapp method, Niederhoffer, the Kabat method, the Brunnstrom Approach, the Bobath concept, the Mezieres method, Piret and Beziers, and Godlieve Struyf-Denis all had an influence on the inception of the ELDOA. In his quest to find the "magic bullet" for back pain, VOYER kept what he considered useful from the above concepts and combined those with tensegrity biomechanics, system theories and his own knowledge as an anatomist and therapist and created the ELDOA.


The ELDOA is an active strengthening techniques that uses self-induced global myofascial tension in specific postures. Each posture is linked to a specific joint segment when the lower part of the joint segment is fixated while the upper part is mobilized. There are specific ELDOA exercise for all spinal segments, the costo-transverse joints, sterno-clavicular joints, sterno-costal articulations, the gleno-humeral joints, the hip joints and the sacroiliac joints.


  • ◦ Improved Posture
  • ◦ Increased Flexibility
  • ◦ Improved Muscle Tone & Function
  • ◦ Relief of Chronic & Acute Back Pain
  • ◦ Relief of Neck & Shoulder Tension
  • ◦ Injury Recovery and Prevention
  • ◦ Increased Blood Flow and Venous return
  • ◦ Improved Recovery Time when Training
  • ◦ Reduced Joint Inflammation & Arthrosis
  • ◦ Improved Body Awareness and Sense of Wellbeing
  • ◦ Increased Intervertebral Disc Hydration
  • ◦ Reduced Forward Head Posture
  • ◦ Normalisation of Visceral Function
  • ◦ Reduced Mental Stress
  • Increased inter-muscular coordination
  • Stimulation of the autonomic nervous system

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