IDD Therapy Disc Clinic

Your Treatment at Wealden Osteopaths & Spine Centre

For chronic back & neck pain sufferers in Kent, Wealden Osteopaths & Spine Centre is proud to be the first IDD Therapy Disc Clinic in the county

As specialists in spine care, we see patients who need something more than hands on therapy. If you have had back pain or sciatica for some time, particularly if you have a disc problem, our IDD Therapy treatment programme is here to help you.

What is IDD Therapy?

IDD stands for Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy, or more simply IDD Therapy for short. 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 (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 and allow 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.

As clinicians, we can treat most back and neck pain with manual therapies but for some conditions - particularly those which are disc-related - patients need something more to help their condition improve.

IDD Therapy
IDD Therapy
Featuring the SDS SPINA machine

Why choose IDD Therapy?

  • Current treatment is not working
  • Want to stop taking painkillers
  • Seeking long-term pain relief
  • Want to return to normal daily activities

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.

James Pickering Osteopath
James Pickering

The Clinic Director: James Pickering

"I heard about IDD Therapy from colleagues who were getting excellent outcomes for the type of patients manual therapists struggle to help. Having tried the treatment myself and knowing my patients, I could immediately appreciate where IDD Therapy would fit into what we are doing.

"Our goal is to help as many people as we can find non-invasive treatment solutions for their back issues. Many patients put up with their pain, having tried different things. With IDD Therapy, patients have a programme of care which can resolve or significantly improve long term pain issues."

If you are in Kent and have a back pain or neck pain issue, symptoms in the 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 James Pickering call us on 01580 212833

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a treatment?

Each IDD treatment lasts for one hour. Sessions begin with 10 minutes of heat therapy using TherMedic 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 cold therapy. This is just to calm the treated area before you go home. You remain comfortable throughout.

How much is treatment?

Each session lasts for one hour and is billed as a one hour osteopathy treatment. Prices start at £75, which is in line with standard treatment charges.

How many treatments will I need?

This is an important question and one which James Pickering 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 20 sessions over a 6 to 7 week period. For patients with serious spine issues who are facing surgery, the original protocol is based around an intensive course of 20 treatments.

Why do I need a course of treatments?

When patients have back pain or neck pain for some time, 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 like exercising requires more than one session for the body to adapt and become fitter/stronger, addressing the causes of back pain means the body has to gently adapt to treatment. This simply cannot be achieved overnight or in just a couple of sessions, hence the requirement to have a course of treatment.

We would all like a simple solution but the reality is, chronic back pain takes time.

Should I bring an MRI?

If you have an MRI, bring one with you. The MRI helps us to confirm the spinal level we wish to treat and also the nature of the disc problem. That will help us get a picture of the protocol which 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?

No, you remain fully clothed throughout. You can wear normal clothes, so long as they are comfortable. Ladies should wear trousers, leggings or 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 a way that the body is comfortable. Much better than the traction machines of old. Many patients go to sleep because the treatment is relaxing. A by product of treatment is the release of endorphins so treatment feels good.

What about exercise?

We will guide you on which exercises are suitable. Initially we don’t want you to exercise because the body is getting used to the treatment, then there are 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 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.

I have had surgery, can I still have IDD Therapy?

Patients who have had surgery can opt for IDD Therapy. The two criteria are that the surgery was carried out 6 months ago and that there are no implants in the spine. Talk to James if you would like to discuss your spinal history.

How may treatments have been carried out in the UK?

In the past 5 years over 37,000 treatments have been carried out in the UK alone and 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.

Want to know more?

Make an appointment to see James Pickering. He will assess your condition and give you a good understanding of whether IDD Therapy is suitable for you. To book an appointment call us 01580 212833.

IDD Therapy treatment is one treatment tool we use and as part of your assessment we will advise you on the most applicable treatment for your individual needs.

We look forward to seeing you.

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