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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 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 a goal to 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.














The IDD Therapy Team with our SPINA Machine


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.

When you need more than manual therapy for a herniated or bulging disc, we offer IDD Therapy.

  • Current treatment is not working

  • Want to stop taking painkillers

  • Seeking long-term pain relief

  • Want to return to normal daily activities

Why choose IDD Therapy?

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IDD Therapy For Herniated Discs, Degenerative Discs and Nerve Pain

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

Back Pain Treatment Programme with IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression

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.

Clinic Director Naval Mair


"I have been an Osteopath for over 25 years.  I am passionate about hands on treatment but for some back and neck pain patients, I need a tool to really help me get started with a patient.  IDD Therapy allows me to “decompress” or ease pressure on specific spinal discs and improve mobility in a way that is just not possible with hands alone treatment.  


We use IDD Therapy as a part of a programme of care which helps create a platform for long term healing and which includes tailored rehabilitation.  Whilst no treatment has 100% success, the outcomes with IDD Therapy for treating chronic disc-related problems are impressive, particularly given the difficult nature of some of the conditions we are treating.”


If you live in South London, 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 Naval Mair and his team call the clinic on 020 8812 3733




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.





Vertebrae distraction

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 arrange for you to have one. MRI scans are one of the key tools which allow the diagnosis and monitoring of conditions affecting internal organs, tissue and bone. A safe and painless procedure which enables health professionals to view detailed pictures of organs and other structures inside your body. MRI scans are one of the quickest ways to work out what is going on in your body and at Naval Mair Osteopathy & Wellbeing Spinal Clinic, we can offer preferred rates and offers on MRI scans.


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 finish 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 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 six months ago and that there are no implants in the spine.  Talk to the team 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 40,000 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


Want to know more?


Make an appointment to see Naval Mair.  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 on 020 8812 3733


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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