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IDD Therapy

Do You Have Constant Back Pain or Neck Pain? Is Sciatica Ruining Your Life?

IDD TherapySciatica, back and neck pain are common problems affecting many of us at some point in our lives. Ordinarily these problems will improve and resolve either naturally or with manual therapy and exercise. Sadly, a small percentage of sufferers continue to experience severe pain which significantly affects their lives. This group of patients will often go on to have invasive procedures including spinal injections – and in some cases, surgery.

Sports and Spinal Physio is part of a growing UK network of clinics offering The IDD Therapy Programme for unresolved back pain, neck pain and sciatica.

What is IDD Therapy?

IDD TherapyIntervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy is the successful and trusted non-surgical spinal decompression treatment for back pain, neck pain and related conditions such as sciatica.

Most back and neck conditions can be traced to a specific level in the spine, for example, L5/S1 in the lower back. IDD Therapy can target specific levels of the spine and gently distract (draw apart) individual vertebral segments, taking pressure off the joints, discs and nerves.

Because IDD Therapy is computer-controlled it can sense resistance in the spine (muscle spasm) and adjust the forces slowly and gently to achieve a comfortable and painless stretching of the injured area.

Benefits of IDD Therapy

Improved Disc Health

IDD TherapyDistracting and mobilising the spine in this way creates ‘negative pressure’ at the site of the targeted disc which promotes the movement of water, oxygen and nutrients into the disc space – all of which are required for improved hydration and repair of the degenerative (worn) disc. (4, 6)

Decompression of Disc

Decompressing (distracting and mobilising) an injured or bulging disc can free the surrounding nerves from pressure or irritation which is causing pain. This may result in a reduction or complete resolution of back, neck pain and sciatica. (2)

Decreased Muscle Spasm

By taking pressure off an injured disc and gently stretching the soft tissues, IDD Therapy encourages the spine to become more mobile and the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate more efficiently (6). Consequently, the pain caused by muscle spasm can be significantly reduced.

Increased Mobility

The IDD Therapy treatment machine (SDS Spina) includes a unique oscillation feature capable of mobilising the disc at the point of maximum distraction (stretch).

Moreover, because it uses a gently-progressing pulling force which mimics the natural contraction of a muscle, the muscle remains relaxed and lengthened throughout the slow and consistent stretch without going into spasm.

Over a programme of treatments, an IDD Therapy patient can become gradually more pain-free and with this, comes an increased confidence to move around more and thus, they are able to gain even more mobility.

Reduction in Disc Bulge Size

IDD Therapy can lead to a visible reduction in the size of a disc bulge – as these remarkable before and after MRI scans demonstrate. (3)

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The MRI on the left (first) shows a large prolapsed L4-5 disc in a 36 year old female before commencing IDD Therapy treatment. The MRI on the right is taken 6 months later after the same female had undergone 6 weeks of IDD Therapy and rehabilitative exercise; note the reduction in size. This patient had complete resolution of her sciatica and was able to live a normal life again.

Why choose IDD Therapy?

UK clinicians report a good to excellent improvement in 70-80% of their IDD Therapy patients. Moreover, in one study, 86% of IDD Therapy participants experienced a positive outcome with the treatment. (2, 4)

You should consider IDD Therapy if:

✔ Your current treatment is not working

✔ You want to stop taking painkillers

✔ You are seeking long-term pain relief

✔ You want to return to normal daily activities

✔ You are looking to avoid surgery

IDD Therapy is suitable for the following conditions:

✔ Chronic back and neck pain

✔ Sciatica

✔ Referred arm pain (Radiculopathy)

✔ Trapped or irritated nerves

✔ Bulging, herniated or slipped discs

✔ Degenerative disc disease

✔ Facet joint disease

Dan Smith BSc (Hons) Phys MCSP
Dan Smith BSc (Hons) Phys MCSP Clinic Director
We can help most people with back pain, neck pain and sciatica by using hands-on techniques combined with correction of posture, movement faults and core stability; however some patients need something a little extra to help them feel better. With IDD Therapy, we can now target spinal segments precisely in a safe, gentle manner in a way which is not possible with our hands or with traditional mechanical treatments.

Sports and Spinal Physio is part of a UK network of IDD Therapy providers which includes physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic clinics and private hospitals. There are over 1,000 IDD Therapy providers worldwide.

Want to know more?

For more information or to book an free discovery visit call us on 01277 219553 or email us at: or use the Contact Us form to request an information document by post or email. Further information regarding IDD can be found at

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

We look forward to seeing you.

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1 Clarke JA, van Tulder MW, Blomberg SEI, de Vet HCW, van der Heijden GJ, Brønfort G, Bouter LM. Traction for low-back pain with or without sciatica. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD003010. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003010.pub4.

2 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

3 Eyerman EL. Simple Pelvic Traction Gives Inconsistent Relief to Herniated Lumbar Disc Sufferers. Journal of Neuroimaging Vol. 8 No. 2 1998.

4 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.

5 Schaufele MK, Newsome M. Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Phys Med Rehab Kuror 2011; 21: 34 – 40

6 C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, Nirman Koladia, MD, and Merrill M. Wesemann, Long term effect analysis of IDD Therapy in low back pain. American Journal of Pain Management Vol. 15 No. 3 July 2005

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