ELDOA is a french acronym that translates into English as Longitudinal Osteo–Articular Decoaptation Stretching (LOADS). The ELDOA Method is a revolutionary stretching and rehabilitative technique, developed by world renowned French osteopath, Guy Voyer, that targets the decompression of specific joints throughout the body. There is an ELDOA for every joint in the body. ELDOA is a form of stretching that decompresses the entire spine and helps normalize alignment of the vertebrae. “Through extensive research involving sophisticated diagnostic equipment, Voyer has demonstrated that it’s possible to seg- mentally increase the space between each vertebral column. ELDOA has been shown to be remarkably effective as a way to treat herniated disks and back pain caused by many other conditions. As a bonus, one effect of myofascial stretching and ELDOA is an increased ability to recover from exercise. This effect enables athletes to increase the intensity and length of not only their conditioning programs but also their sport training sessions.”  ELDOA

How does ELDOA work?

It works by creating fascial tension around the targeted area or lesion and elicits an opening or decompression of a joint. The body is placed in a very precise posture to treat a specific lesion or joint segmentally.

These are some common uses for the ELDOA:
  • Stimulates or pumps the discs of the spine to help treat numerous spinal pathologies including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc and joint disease, scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis.
  • Teaches maintenance of the gravity line. When the gravity line is maintained, the human body is in perfect alignment allowing for optimal function and energy.
  • Treat pelvic pain and misalignment and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
  • Pumps and mobilizes the organs and glands of the body. This pumping action occurs due to the fascial link between your vertebrae, organs, and glands.
  • Normalization of the neuroendocrine system, which controls the interaction between the nervous system and hormones.
  • Treatment of other joints including the hip to address arthritis, labral tears and delay degenerative processes.

On a more global level, these stretches promote improved posture, proper spinal alignment, increased kinesthetics or awareness of body positions, and increased stability and strength throughout the spine. Common asymmetries and misalignments lead to faulty biomechanics throughout the body. Improved balance and symmetry can be achieved with a consistent regimen of ELDOA stretching.

Within a few months, I returned to tennis and cycling. I have worked with numerous physical therapists, both personally and professionally over the years with little to no improvement. Terry and Rob’s unique approach, individual training and genuine concern for their clients’ health is top notch. I would not trust any other facility for physical rehabilitation.

On the recommendation of several friends, I started working with Terry following shoulder surgery. During our early sessions, I mentioned that I suffered from an arthritic knee. I had daily knee pain from simply standing for several minutes. I had been told that I would require knee replacement and there was little that could be done to alleviate my symptoms. Terry initiated a rehabilitation program of proprioception and within 6 weeks I was pain free.

Stephen H. Covey MD, FACC MOJO

Simply put, if you find yourself in pain, have suffered an injury, or want to prevent a future problem, go to SOMAFIT. You’ll ask only one question afterwards: Why didn’t I find this place sooner?

The stark difference in SOMAFIT’s methods compared to all others I’d seen previously, is the emphasis on the actual mechanics of the body. They ask questions, then manipulate the body in a way that starts producing results immediately. They also provide a follow-up program that is incredibly effective at reducing future problems. For me specifically, my surgically-repaired shoulder is now perfectly fine (the shoulder pumping technique combined with the specific follow–up exercises, especially the scapula work, has restored both strength and range of motion); my creaky knees feel better than they did 20 years ago (I do the proprioception daily — the best 4 minutes of my morning); and my arthritic hip is loosening up enough to keep me pain free (here, too, the myofascial stretching techniques have been invaluable). Undoubtedly this requires some commitment on my part, as well; Terry is direct in his assessment that the body will respond better to his techniques if employed regularly versus sporadically. But this is hardly shocking, and frankly, a few minutes a day is well worth the effort.

People often describe the work of professionals they like as the “best.” In many cases, this is a nice description but one that is typically not grounded in any evidence. When I recommend Terry as the best PT I’ve ever seen, by a huge measure, I do so both because I unfortunately have suffered quite a few sports– related injuries, followed by surgeries and so–so PT, and because since seeing Terry at SOMAFIT, I’ve managed to become healthier, despite being older and despite continuing to play basketball at 49 years old.

Randy Shain