IDD Therapy

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Fees – IDD Computerised Spinal Decompression Therapy
MRI Review (15 mins)FREE
Single IDD Therapy Session (60 min)£80
10+ IDD Therapy Sessions (Booked & paid in advance – SAVE £5 per session)£75 per session

Do you have spine pain that won't disappear?

Pain in the lower back, the neck, even sciatica or trapped nerves in the arms can be treated with IDD Therapy if standard treatment isn’t working for you.

IDD Therapy - what is it?

IDD Therapy stands for Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy and is a is a non-surgical computerised spinal decompression treatment for chronic back and neck conditions helping patients regain a normal, active lifestyle.

The process gently draws apart selected spinal segments to alleviate the pressure on discs as well as improving joint mobility, working tight muscles and stiff ligaments. It is a safe and non-invasive treatment which being computerised can give a greater accuracy on the body than a clinician’s hands can.

The pioneering technology now has more than one thousand clinics worldwide. Our Harley Street Spine Clinic is one of London’s longest established IDD Therapy clinics, providing expert treatment for patients in central London.

Is IDD Therapy right for me?

You may be a suitable candidate for IDD Therapy if you experience constant neck or back pain, or suffer with any of these following conditions:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated Disc (lumbar or cervical)
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

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IDD Therapy – how it works

Introduction to IDD Therapy

IDD Disc Therapy a Patient Story

Computer-controlled treatment at precisely measured angles

iddmachineAs the joints are distracted, pressure is taken off the disc, joints and nerves. The targeted spinal segment is gently mobilised to create pressure differentials to help improve a flow of fluid and nutrients into the disc space.

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 aim is to improve body movement. 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

iddstrapIDD 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

iddinclineIf 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.

MRI Scan Review

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At Spine Plus if you bring your MRI scans with you our spinal therapy consultants will offer a FREE MRI scan REVIEW i.e. they will sit down and go through your MRI in detail with you. This helps us give you a much more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan which is unrivaled by other clinics.

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.

Why Choose Harley Street Spine Clinic?

Our patients have noticed their sleep pattern improve after regular treatments. This is a great sign that the body is recuperating, after all not only is a good night’s sleep going to refresh you, it is vital for relaxing your body and spine. Your spine is in a relaxed state through a good nights’ sleep, relieving pressure on discs allowing nutrients and fluid to naturally form in the disc. You can be confident that our expert clinicians will assess your condition, understand your symptoms and provide a complete treatment programme to get you back on track. Visit our testimonials page to see how we’ve transformed the lives of our patients over the years.

  • MRI scan review.
  • IDD Therapy integrated with other treatments where necessary (dry needling, osteopathy, clinical Pilates etc).
  • Recommendation for other (non-surgical) treatment where necessary.



Having suffered with low back pain and Sciatica for 4 years and despite having tried various other physical therapies, the following patient presented to Spine Plus Clinics for our input. His MRI scan revealed, a broad based disc protrusion at L5/S1 compromising the left L5 nerve root. He was treated with a combination of IDD Therapy, Paraspinal dry needling and core strengthening exercise.

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Mr Richard Lewis – Patient Testimonial

“The team at The Harley Street Spine clinic were fantastic. They took the time to understand my problem from my MRI scan and managed to help me avoid surgery through IDD Therapy. Would recommend anyone with a disc problem to make an appointment!”

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