What is ELDOA? How can it help with back pain?

According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain causes more global disability than any other condition and the American Chiropractic Association reports that back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. It is estimated that back pain will affect as much as 80% the population at least once in our lives.

If you have ever experienced an episode of back pain- when movement is impaired and normal daily function is limited, then you know how challenging it can be to get thru a normal day. Not only is it a physical stress, but when the pain becomes chronic, it stresses us mentally and emotionally as well.

When we experience pain, it is important to remember why this response happens in the body. Pain is how the body communicates with us. It is its way of saying that something is not right, and when this pain appears, it is up to us to ask why. In my practice, the “why” of the pain often relates back to misalignment of the skeleton and the lack of balance of the muscles around the joints, leading to compression, inflammation, pain, and injury.

My work with clients is focused on creating awareness of alignment in the body, while creating the stability to hold this ideal alignment. When the body is properly aligned, the joints are able to move freely and chronic stress on the bones and soft tissues is decreased. With this, there is a decrease and often an elimination of pain.

This is where ELDOA comes into the picture. The ELDOA postures (Etirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptition Osteo-Articulaire) were developed by French osteopath, Dr. Guy Voyer. These postures utilize myofascial stretching to put tension around the vertebrae to make it the center of “separating forces”. The myofascial tension creates a decompression effect on the spine. Once the vertebrae are allowed to decompress, fluids can then flow into the injured area and facilitate the healing process to decrease inflammation and decrease pain.

ELDOA classes provide you with the knowledge and tools to prevent back injuries and disc degeneration. By correcting your posture and creating balance in your structure before there is a problem, you may avoid the damaging effects on your joints and spine. Come and experience an ELDOA class today! You will leave with an improved awareness of posture and the effortless sense of standing taller. All bodies, from all walks of life are welcome- no experience necessary!

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