Developed by Guy VOYER French Osteopath (registered in France, Canada), E.L.D.O.A. (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation Osteo-Articulaire) or in English L.O.A.D.S. (longitudinal osteo-articular decoaptation with stretching) was born out of the integration of a number of differing conceptual work in the field of rehabilitation such as The R.Klapp Method, Niederhoffer, The Kabat Method, The Brunnnstorm Method, The Bobath concept, The Mezieres method, Piret and Beziers and Godlieve Struyf-Denis to produce a paradigm incorporating both local and global effects on the body.
Based on Voyer’s works and his practice in Osteopathy, the basic principle of ELDOA, using biotensegrity and over 20 years of fascial research, is to create a posture that will target a specific functional unit.
During those early years, word of the ELDOA spread slowly. It was usually taught to VOYER’S osteopathy students and a small group of students who were dedicated to the process of learning his exercise methodology.
Today, thanks to consistent results and the uniqueness of its approach, the ELDOA method of exercise has slowly taken its place in high level sports therapy and training. The ELDOA are now used in all major professional sports as in America as well as in many Olympic training camps. ELDOA is quickly gaining prominence within the highest level of therapists and trainers as an indispensable tool in helping clients and patients.
The basic principle of ELDOA, using the research of tensegrity and over 20 years of fascial research, is to create a posture that will target a specific functional unit. The inferior segment is fixed and the superior segment is mobilized. Therefore a position is created to place all inferior and superior myofascial chains under tension around a primary lesion, which becomes the centre of separating forces with the aim of producing postural normalization and the relief of pain.
The new program ELDOA Levels 1 and 2 (5 days together) detail the material that is taught by Guy Voyer in the old ELDOA 1 (which is the first part of the 3 year SomaTraining program). The new ELDOA Levels 3 - 5 (13 days) detail the material that is taught by Guy Voyer in the old ELDOA 2 (which is the second part of the 3 year SomaTraining program). ELDOA Level 6 is specific clinical application.
Levels 1 - 3 are for trainers and movement practitioners. Levels 3 - 6 are for therapists. If you are a therapist you will still need to complete Levels 1 - 3; you will just continue the program further.
Designed for the student & practitioner with no formal training in the anatomy and biomechanics of the spine, ELDOA 1 is the prerequisite for all other levels in the reformed 6-level ELDOA Program. A significant amount of time in this course is devoted to the practical application of the most frequently used ELDOA of the spine.
Lecture topics include:
Course Description: ELDOA of the Spine – Spinal segments from L5/S1 to C2/3
The first day of this course is a review of ELDOA 1. It expands on many of the key topics including, embryology, GAGS and water imbibitions, and Factors of Progression.
Kapandji’s spine biomechanics and descriptive anatomy are taught in ELDOA 2. Periodization, program design, and the theories of the ELDOA program are introduced. The ELDOA exercises taught in this course include levels L5/S1 to C2/C3.
Course Description: Hips, Shoulder, Ribcage, and Sternum
The focus of ELDOA 3 is the coxo-femoral joint, shoulder complex, ribcage and sternum. The anatomy used is the classic descriptive anatomy of the aforementioned structures and Kapandji biomechanics.
The ELDOA exercises taught include all the ELDOA for the coxo-femoral joint, the shoulder – all parts – the ribs and the sternum as well as a review of the ELDOA of the spine.
Course Description: The Pelvis and Sacro-illiac Joint
The first part of ELDOA 4 is a review of ELDOA Levels 1-3. The second part of the course focuses on the biomechanics of the pelvis which include the sacro-iliac joint and the 22 axes of rotation of the pelvis. The ELDOA techniques are taught for these structures.
Course Description: ELDOA of the Upper Cervical Region, TMJ, Skull, and Spine Herniations
The first two days of this course are a review of ELDOA Levels 1-4 and the biomechanics of the pelvis.
Topics of discussion include the classic biomechanics of the upper cervical spine, biomechanics of the temporo-mandibular joint, the biomechanics of the skull, and the respective ELDOA for each region.
Specific ELDOA for pathologies and herniations of the spine will comprise the last day.
Course Description: ELDOA Level 6 is a review of all 5 levels of the ELDOA program using tensegrity biomechanics.
In Level 6, Guy VOYER will discuss clinical applications in addition to clinical ADAPTATIONS to the classic exercises based upon case specifics.
There will be an exam to prove practitioner proficiency with the ELDOA techniques as well as a class graduation for the SomaELDOA Program.