This article in on a crazy word you may or may not have heard called ELDOA. This is the French acronym, translated into English as Longitudinal Stretching with Osteo Articular Decoaptation.
If you are reading this, most probably you are interested in how to live a healthy and energetic life, without pain and restricted physical activity. Most probably, you look forward to find an effective way to help you take care of your overall health. You are about to find it! Do you know that in many body practitioners and physiologists’ opinion, ELDOA is the greatest tool they have ever learnt in their lives?
It was designed by the French osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer with the purpose to open up space between joints. Why is it so vitally crucial? Whatever we do, we are all affected by gravity 24/7, it compresses us and pulls us down. Here comes ELDOA! It was designed to re-open the space in joints to compensate active sport in daily life. A human being was not designed to go in for sports, we are hunters and gatherers. If you ask any professional athlete in their 50s or 60s if they have joint pain, there will be almost 100% of positive answers.
ELDOA is a great tool to counter these seemingly irreversible processes. Of course, there are methods of mechanical passive traction (e.g. a vertical table or a traction machine). However, the US physiologist Dan Hellman has found over the years that passive mechanical traction actually causes a lot more problems than it solves. Alternatively, ELDOA is active and you can do it by yourself.
What are the benefits of ELDOA?
First of all, it improves your posture, which is so vitally important for human health. A Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School ‘Better Balance’ underlines the importance of good posture and its direct influence on human health. As a matter of fact, there is a postural component in 90% of all orthopedic problems (back or neck pain).
ELDOA also helps to rehydrate your disks. In France, they only do surgeries in 1% of disk pathologies. ELDOA was invented in France! So they actively use this method to prevent back surgeries.
Dr. Voyer found an amazing correlation between ELDOA and the neuroendocrine system, which governs all systems and functions of a human body.
Moreover, ELDOA can have an impact on your cervical spine, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine, degenerative disk disease, degenerative joint disease, arthritis etc. People with hip pathologies may also get significant improvement and even prevent hip surgery with the help of ELDOA. It may also be a treatment for headaches and it helps to pump the organs and glands of the body. There is an ELDOA exercise for every joint in a body.
Nowadays this method is still not very widespread, but you can check out a video or find a practitioner nearby. Practice ELDOA and stay flexible in your body and mind!