Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (or more simply IDD) Therapy treatment is a non-surgical spinal decompression programme for low back pain, neck pain and some related conditions.
It was developed in the late 1990s to address the failings of traditional traction and the natural limitations of what can be achieved with the hands alone.
Patients have a series of treatments typically spread over 4 to 6 weeks. This is to allow time for the body to adapt to treatment with a goal of progressively improving spine function. Whilst symptomatic relief can be experienced in the early stages in treatment, the body does not adjust overnight where chronic conditions have built up over time.
The exact number of treatments depends on the nature of your condition and how you progress with treatment.
There is no upper age limit to having IDD Therapy and many mature patients enjoy good outcomes with treatment. Treatment is adjusted according to the condition of the person being treated.
We recommend a session with one of our physiotherapist or sports therapists to test your range of movement, screen for abnormal movement patterns and try to encourage a normal function in walking, bending etc.
Spine Care Clinics, a brand new unique concept in the care of patients with spinal problems and conditions from acute back pain, through prolapsed (”slipped”) disc to more serious problems of severe chronic back pain who haven’t responded to manual therapy and who need something more for their pain.
Yes. The SPINA machines are equipped for cervical treatment and have a special unit for neck pain. Treatment lasts 25 minutes and is precise, gentle and safe.
Evidence has shown that people who undergo a course of IDD Therapy treatment can see continued improvement after treatment has finished.The goal of the IDD Therapy programme is to relieve pain and allow segments of the spine to move freely. Improving mobility is essential to enable the body’s natural healing and maintenance mechanisms to operate more efficiently and thus give lasting improvement.
The secondary objective of the treatment is for it to be as comfortable as possible. Patients do not typically feel pain during treatment; most are very relaxed and some even go to sleep. Patients can experience temporary soreness following treatment since muscles which have not been used are being worked in a new way. Cold packs are used to relieve soreness which usually passes as treatment develops and the body adapts.
Yes, though nothing too strenuous! The goal of the spinal rehabilitation programme is to improve mobility, relieve pain and create a platform for activity. As treatment progresses you will be given gentle exercises to perform and shown how to look after your back properly. Exercise and activity are an important part of long term rehabilitation.
Not all back pain sufferers are suitable candidates for IDD Therapy. If you have tried standard conservative treatments such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic without success, we recommend you have a consultation at an IDD Therapy clinic in your area.
IDD Therapy treatment is available at a network of clinics in the UK and over 1,000 clinics worldwide. Treatment is provided by physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, as well as medical doctors and pain consultants.