In optimal cases, chronic pain is frustrating and exhausting. In other cases, it can be completely incapacitating. Whether your chronic pain stemmed from an injury or began gradually from an unknown cause, you’re probably looking for effective pain relief and a return to optimal health. You are not alone, and the good news is there are non-invasive methods for managing and eliminating chronic pain.


Neck pain is often brought on by an injury or accident. It’s also commonly caused by poor posture, especially if sitting for extended periods. The pain might come from cervical sprains and strains, pinched nerves, muscle spasms, or other types of neck pain. Without treatment, these conditions may worsen and cause other symptoms like dizziness, light-headedness, headaches, tingling, numbness in the limbs, or risk of spinal damage. Without correcting the imbalance and regaining proper alignment, it can become excruciatingly painful or lead to immobility over time.


Back pain is not only excruciating; it can stop you from your daily activities and enjoying the recreational activities you love. Back pain is commonly caused by postural stress from prolonged bending, standing, heavy lifting, and even sleeping in the wrong position. As harmless as it seems, prolonged sitting also causes back pain because the hip flexors remain in a shortened position, weakening the glutes and abs and resulting in an excessive tilt of the pelvis.

Some back pain might seem minor, but if it isn’t addressed and measures aren’t taken to correct the imbalances causing the pain, it can become a chronic problem resulting in degeneration and herniation of the spinal discs.


When the muscles and ligaments supporting the shoulder become imbalanced, it can lead to a painful impingement in the shoulder. Shoulder pain may be caused by poor posture while sitting or working, overuse, an injury, or repetitive motions. The radiating pain can cause difficulty in daily and recreational activities and even trouble sleeping. If left untreated, movement is limited, causing stiffness and weakness in the shoulder. If the condition becomes chronic, it may lead to tendon tears that require surgery to repair.


Hip pain can come in a variety of forms. Whether you’re suffering from Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome, Hip Bursitis, Piriformis Syndrome, or Hip Joint Pain, ignoring the problem can exasperate the imbalance and contribute to additional weakness in the joints, muscles, and ligaments, and, ultimately, diminish mobility. Core muscle injuries, repetitive movements, overuse and high-intensity athletics can all cause and aggravate hip problems. Depending on the severity of the condition, hip pain left untreated can lead to increased pain and immobility and possibly require surgery.


Knee pain can stem from various problems, be it an injury causing damage to the ligaments, a torn meniscus, osteoarthritis or chronic pain from “runner’s knee.” Knee pain that is left untreated may result in joint weakness, lack of mobility or osteoarthritis.


Soma Athletic Wellness offers a non-invasive method for managing and eliminating chronic pain with a combination of techniques, including ELDOA, myofascial stretching and segmental strength training for optimal results.


ELDOA stands for Longitudinal Osteo–Articular Decoaptation Stretching and is a set of postures designed to increase space and target decompression in specific joint regions. It is a form of stretching that decompresses the spine and brings balance back into the alignment of the vertebrae. ELDOA helps with:

ELDOA stretches place the body in a specific posture to treat a precise area or joint segmentally. An opening or decompression of a joint is created by creating fascial tension around the targeted area. These stretches improve posture, proper spinal alignment, increased awareness of body positions, and increased stability and strength throughout the spine.


One of the safest and most effective ways to create space and balance in the body is myofascial stretching. It is much more than muscle stretching; myofascial stretching utilizes how each muscle relates to one another connected by the fascia, a sleeve of tissue wrapping and connecting all the muscles in the body. Myofascial stretching targets not only the local muscle but also all the structures connected, allowing for optimal muscular movement.

As a result, myofascial stretching not only increases overall flexibility, it improves joint mobility, posture, and range of motion, making activities easier to perform and allowing the body to come back into a state of balance and health.


Traditional muscle training targeting only certain muscle groups may result in muscle imbalances that can result in injury. However, segmental strength training utilizes micro-movements and fascial tension to target a specific part of a muscle and strengthen it in varying ranges of motion. These micro-movements strengthen a specific part of the muscle, also strengthening the quality of the macro-movement. These exercises:


If you’re ready to take charge of your health and begin the journey to freedom from chronic pain, it’s time to take action. From the comfort of your home, you can bring your body back into alignment and improve your well-being and vitality with Soma Athletic Wellness classes in ELDOA, myofascial stretching and segmental strength training.

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