Do you have persistent Spinal related pain which won't go away?
What is IDD Therapy?
Safe, gentle and non-invasive, IDD Therapy addresses the failings of traditional traction and the natural limitations of what clinicians can do with the hands alone.
The treatment involves the gentle distraction (drawing apart) of targeted spinal segments to remove pressure from spinal structures including the discs, and at the same time to work tight muscles and stiff ligament to help improve mobility in the joint.
With over 800 clinics internationally and more and more clinics providing treatment in the UK, Chigwell Osteopathy & Physiotherapy Clinic is proud to be the first clinic in Essex to include IDD Therapy treatment as part of their treatment services.
Why choose IDD Therapy?
- Herniated Disc (lumbar or cervical)
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Chronic low back pain
Computer-controlled treatment at precisely measured angles
These fluids and nutrients help with healing and repair and the gentle, oscillating movement helps the joints to become lubricated and to move more freely.
Where a disc is pressing on a nerve and causing pain, this mobilisation may help the body to retract a bulging disc and thus remove or reduce the pressure and therefore relieve pain.
Our goal is to help the body move freely. Whilst we can do this with our hands most of the time, IDD Therapy gently stretches tight muscles and stiff ligaments in a manner which is not possible with the hands alone.
Working the soft tissues with the SPINA machine helps the body move more freely and as you get more mobility in the spine, this helps the body's natural healing mechanisms.
Improve joint mobility to free the body's natural healing mechanisms
IDD treatment is gentle and safe. There are built-in safety features and the aim is for you to remain as relaxed as possible; many patients actually go to sleep although we prefer that they remain awake so that they can feel the full effects of the treatment.
Each treatment on the SPINA machine lasts approximately 25 minutes; this is the time needed to work the spinal structures adequately to help bring about the physiological changes we are seeking.
Before treatment we apply infrared heat to the area to increase blood flow into the soft tissues. After treatment we apply cold packs to reduce post treatment inflammation and encourage improved collagen formation within healing discs.
IDD Therapy combined with exercise for a complete treatment programme
If you have had back or neck pain for a while certain segments of your spine may be stiff or tight, this can impede circulation and healing capacity. At the same time certain "core" muscles that support the spinal column are likely to have "switched off".
The key to a healthy spine is flexibility COMBINED with strength so as part of your IDD treatment plan our practitioners will gradually introduce specific gentle exercises and activities to promote core stability, spinal mobility, good posture, correct breathing and correct lifting techniques.
How many sessions will I need?
Depending on the extent of the problem different people require different amounts of treatment. We strongly recommend that new patients undergo a thorough initial assessment with one of our senior practitioners, including where possible discussion of MRI scan results, so that we can determine whether IDD is appropriate and if so which disc level of the spine to target. For appropriate patients improvements in symptoms are often noticed after just a couple of sessions, this happens as pressure is taken off squashed discs and pinch nerves. However, in order to have the best of long term healing in the disc and lasting symptom improvement a course of 20 sessions is usually recommended. Research and trials undertaken by North American Medical, who developed the machine, is that approximately 25% of patients require a course of up to 10 sessions and that 75% need 15 - 25 sessions. We encourage new patients to commit to a minimum of 10 sessions intially and then undergo a review to decide whether more sessions are desirable. After an initial course of treatment, some patients maintain the progress achieved with single infrequent top sessions a few times a year. Before embarking on a course of IDD therapy we strongly encourage an initial assessment with one of our senior therapists.
Per 60 min IDD session at our Chigwell Clinic: £75 (£70 for block of ten or more)
Per 60 min session at our Harley Street Clinic: £85 (£80 for block of ten or more)
Many patients report that as treatment progresses, their sleep patterns improve. This is very important since not only will a good nights’ sleep make you feel more refreshed but also it is an indication that the spine is becoming more relaxed (and less painful) as a result of the treatment. In its relaxed state during sleep, pressure on the discs is relieved which allows fluid and nutrients into the disc
What is the evidence for base For idd
Shealy CN and Borgmeyer V. Decompression, Reduction and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost-Effective Treatment for Lumbosacral Pain. American Journal of Pain Management 1997. 7:63-65
Eyerman EL. Simple Pelvic Traction Gives Inconsistent Relief to Herniated Lumbar Disc Sufferers. Presented to the American Society of Neuorimaging and printed in the Journal of Neuroimaging Vol. 8 No. 2 1998.
Schimmel JJ, de Kleuver M, Horsting PP, Spruit M, Jacobs WC, van Limbeek J. No effect of traction in patients with low back pain: a single centre, single blind, randomized controlled trial of Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy. Eurospine Journal 2009 Dec 18 (12): 1843-1850
C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, Nirman Koladia, MD, and Merrill M. Wesemann, LONG-TERM EFFECT ANALYSIS OF IDD THERAPY IN LOW BACK PAIN: A RETROSPECTIVE CLINICAL PILOT STUDY. American Journal of Pain Management Vol. 15 No. 3 July 2005
McClure D and Farris B, Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy – A New Direction for the Initial Treatment of Low Back Pain. European Musculoskeletal Review 2006. 45-48.
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