IDD Therapy for Chronic Back Pain
As specialists in helping back pain sufferers, we often see patients who need something more than manual therapy for conditions like sciatica or a herniated or bulging disc. IDD Therapy offers a solution that is more potent than manual therapy, without the need for invasive surgery.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, neck pain or pain from trapped nerves, and especially if you have a disc problem, our IDD Therapy treatment programme is here to help you.
To book an IDD Therapy consultation with Phil Heler, call the clinic on 01298 214994.
Unsure about your diagnosis? We can arrange private MRI scans for only £199 and have your results back in two weeks. Contact us to find out more.
IDD Therapy – How it Works
IDD stands for Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy. Developed in the USA in the late 1990s, IDD Therapy is a targeted treatment which relieves pressure on specific spinal discs and gently restores mobility.
We have an IDD Therapy machine (called an Accu-SPINA) which patients lie on as part of the treatment. It is computer-controlled and perfectly comfortable.
By decompressing (taking pressure off) an injured or bulging/herniated disc and stretching the soft tissues, we can improve mobility in the spine, with the goal of allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate more efficiently. In so doing, we aim to relieve pain caused by muscle spasm and alleviate nerve compression and irritation caused by bulging discs.
Why choose IDD Therapy?
As clinicians, we can treat most back and neck pain with manual therapies, but for some conditions – particularly those that are disc-related – patients need something more to help their condition to improve. Reasons for choosing IDD Therapy include:
– Your current treatment is not working
– You want to stop taking pain-killers
– You want long-term pain relief
– You want to return to normal daily activities (work and leisure)
Typical candidates for IDD Therapy are people who have back or neck pain and may have tried various other treatments without success. They may be taking pain medication and may be considering invasive treatments such as injections or, in extreme cases, surgery.
IDD Therapy – An Introduction by Clinic Director Phil Heler
“Osteopaths, like other manual therapists, help to resolve back pain issues on a daily basis. And yet there is a group of patients who just don’t get to a point of making progress. Typically we refer these patients on for pain management, which is incredibly frustrating when really our goal is to get people out of pain.
“IDD Therapy is a treatment which enables us to help patients when they don’t respond to manual therapy and exercise alone. It allows us to treat targeted spinal segments in a precise, controlled manner and we use IDD Therapy within a programme of care.”
If you live in and around Buxton and Derbyshire, have a back pain or neck pain problem, or symptoms in your legs or arms, then come for a second opinion from us and see how we can help you. If you are suitable, then we can take you through your options for treatment.
To book an assessment with Phil Heler, call the clinic on 01298 214994.
Clinical research on the effectiveness of IDD Therapy
- 0611 Dennis McClure – European Musculoskeletal Review 2006
- Doc F 2005 Shealy and Wesemann study
- Doc R – AJPM 1997 Shealy & Borgmeyer
- Ramos & Martin Effects of Vertebral Axial Decompression On Intradiscal Pressure
- Spinal Surgery News Autumn 2014 featuring IDD Therapy
- Yale Study
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is an IDD Therapy treatment?
Each IDD Therapy treatment lasts for one hour.
Sessions begin with 10 minutes of heat therapy, using a TherMedic belt, to warm the tissues and get blood-flow into the injured area.
You then have IDD Therapy, which lasts for 25 minutes, on the SPINA machine.
Afterwards we give you 10 minutes of cold therapy. This is just to calm the treated area before you go home. You remain comfortable throughout.
How much does each IDD Therapy treatment cost?
Each session lasts for one hour and is billed as a one-hour osteopathy treatment.
The price is £65-£70 which is in line with standard treatment charges.
How many treatments will I need?
This is an important question and one which the team will discuss with you. It really does depend on the duration and severity of your condition. People with mild back pain may experience symptomatic relief within a few sessions, but for long-term problems, most patients will need a course of treatment.
A typical course will be 10 sessions over a 4 to 5 week period. For patients with serious spine issues who are facing surgery, the original IDD Therapy protocol is based around an intensive course of 20 treatments.
There is no such thing as a cure-all for back pain, of course. If for any reason you are not responding to the treatment in the way that we would like, then we will advise you accordingly and stop the treatment.
Why do I need a course of treatments?
When patients have had back pain or neck pain for some time, their spinal segments become stiff and immobile. The discs in the spine rely on movement for their hydration and nutrition. To undo the compression and immobility of an injured disc, IDD Therapy uses computer-controlled pulling forces to open the spinal segment and then mobilise it. To do this we have to use comparatively higher forces than can be achieved with manual therapy. And we need to progressively increase the pulling forces to achieve the goals.
So, rather in the way that exercising requires more than one session for the body to adapt and become fitter/stronger, addressing the causes of chronic back pain means that the body has to gently adapt to treatment. This simply cannot be achieved overnight or in just a couple of sessions, hence the requirement for a course of treatment.
We would all like a simple solution but the reality is that improving chronic back pain takes time.
Should I bring an MRI scan?
If you have an MRI, bring it with you.
The MRI helps us to confirm the spinal level that we wish to treat and also the nature of the disc problem. This will help us to get a picture of the IDD Therapy protocol that will give us the best chance for success.
If you don’t have an MRI, we can discuss this with you and arrange one where appropriate.
Do I need to get undressed for treatment?
No, you remain fully clothed throughout. You can wear normal clothes, so long as they are comfortable.
Women should wear trousers, leggings or a loose-fitting tracksuit.
Is IDD Therapy painful?
No. The treatment is intended to be comfortable. Whilst considerable pulling forces are used, they are delivered in such a way that the body is comfortable. Much better than the traction machines of old.
Many patients go to sleep because the treatment is so relaxing. A by-product of treatment is the release of endorphins, so treatment feels good.
Is IDD Therapy safe?
Yes. The treatment is safe, with many patients going to sleep during their session.
The treatment progresses gently with the added reassurance that if at any time a patient does feel uncomfortable, they can press a treatment stop button. In such a case, the treatment stops smoothly.
Why does the bed tilt upright?
When IDD Therapy was developed, part of the design was to resolve problems associated with traditional traction (a mechanical treatment). The patient steps on to the bed in an upright position without having to twist (and put pressure on the disc).
However, the main purpose of the bed tilt is for when patients have finished treatment. After the controlled treatment, the patient is brought upright slowly and gently so that they return to weight-bearing progressively, without any twisting movements.
What about exercise?
We will give you guidance as to what exercise is suitable.
Initially, we don’t want you to exercise because the body is getting used to the treatment, then there will be some simple exercises. Nothing too strenuous – and we don’t just send you on your way with a sheet of exercises!
Will a spinal injection help my back pain?
Spinal injections are given to help ease inflammation, which is a cause of pain. They are intended to create a window for rehabilitation.
An injection is not intended to address the problems of compression of discs or stiffness in the spine. Spinal injections are not a long-term solution for most patients.
Can I have IDD Therapy if I have had surgery?
Patients who have had surgery can opt for IDD Therapy.
The two criteria are that the surgery was carried out six months previous and that there are no implants in the spine.
Talk to the team if you would like to discuss your spinal history.
How many IDD Therapy treatments have been carried out?
In the past 5 years over 37,000 treatments have been carried out in the UK alone.
IDD Therapy is the first choice non-invasive disc treatment when manual therapy is not working, in areas where it is available.
There are over 1,000 clinics internationally providing IDD Therapy, including surgeons, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.