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Longitudinal Osteo Articular Decoapitation with Stretching 

Created by Dr. Guy Voyer



The ELDOA concept arose from the integration of a number of differing conceptual work: The R.Klapp Method; Niederhoffer; The Kabat Method; The Brunnnstorm Method; Bobath; Piret and Beziers; Mezieres and Godlieve Struyf-Denis to produce a paradigm incorporating both local and global effects on the body.

Much of the work of Dr. Voyer centres on the long established practice of Osteopathy, the principles of BioTensegrity and the fascial research. Therefore any treatment must treat and address the body as a functional unit not individual parts.

Working principles

The basic principle, using the research of Tensegrity and over 20 years of fascial research, consists of creating a posting that will target a specific functional unit. The inferior segment is fixed which the superior segment is mobilised. Therefore a position is created to place all inferior and superior myofascial chains under tension.

Mind-Body awareness is crucial in order to maintain these tensions, which combined with active diaphragm and passive cranio-pelvic breathing, will generate the targeted osteo-articular decoapitation at a specified joint.

The E.L.D.O.A. position puts the myofascial chains into tension around the point of the primary lesion, which becomes the centre of decoapitation with the aim of producing postural normalisation.

Local effects:

  • Zygopophyseal approximation is eased;
  • Imbibition of the disc;
  • Increased venous return;
  • Normalisation of muscle tone (by extreme eccentric contraction);
  • Proprioceptive facilitation of the spine;
  • Improved kinetic sense.

General effects:

  • Normalisation of myofascial tensions, all the while respecting the normal orthopaedic structural imbalance of the patient while actively correcting postural deviations from the norm;
  • Decreases psychomotor barriers.

The factors of progression are IMPORTANT to help make the postures user friendly, which helps develop each posture. This auto normalisation is complementary to a classical normalisation. This auto normalisation engages an active hand – the patient working – and a sensitive hand, that of the therapist who is constantly listening to the reactions of the tissues and the compensations.



GUY VOYER, creator of the E.L.D.O.A. Program

Combining over 30 years of study with his passion for anatomy, physiology, and athletic training, and with his extGuy-Voyerensive clinical and practical experience, Guy Voyer D.O. is a leading expert in the study and treatment of the fascia. He combines his expertise as an athletic trainer, a physiotherapist, and osteopathic physician, and with more than 10 other medical and paramedical specialties as an orthopedic MD, Guy Voyer is one of the very few capable of bringing Osteopathy and strength and conditioning together to help people better their quality of life, heal their ailments and achieve better athletic performance.

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