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.


While there are numerous secondary benefits of the ELDOA™ the main purpose of the techniques is to:

  • • Create more space between the vertebrae
  • • Normalise myofascial tension throughout the body
  • • Normalise agonist-antagonist length-tension relationships throughout the chain
  • • Create more space for the intervertebral disc
  • • To decompress the exiting nerve roots
  • • Improve the proprioception of the targeted vertebral joint segment
  • • To stimulate the water uptake of the annulis fibrosis and nucleus pulposus


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