IDD Therapy

As a long established practice, we see a lot of patients with disc problems. Whilst most disc problems can be resolved with hands on physiotherapy, for some conditions we use IDD Therapy Disc Treatment.

IDD Therapy was developed to address the failings of tradition traction by providing a targeted treatment to decompress specific spinal segments. You might have a “slipped disc” or what we refer to as a herniated, prolapsed or bulging discs and IDD Therapy provides a safe, targeted treatment as part of a programme of care to get you back on your feet again.

Accu-SPINA-LRIf you are suffering with a disc problem or related condition like nerve pain (sciatica) which isn’t responding to hands on treatments, then in all likelihood we would assess your suitability for IDD Therapy.

At an initial assessment we will review your condition and treatments and explain to you which of our treatments would be most appropriate. If your condition was such that you needed a referral, then as a well established clinic we are ideally placed to advise you on appropriate consultants.

If you would like to make an appointment, call 020 8504 0478

What is IDD Therapy?

Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy is the fastest growing non-invasive back pain treatment which treats targeted spinal segments.

IDD Therapy allows us to decompress the injured intervertebral disc, improve mobility and relieve pain.Vertebrae-distraction

Many back pain conditions are located at a particular level in the spine. With IDD Therapy we use computer-controlled pulling forces delivered by the Accu SPINA machine to gently distract (draw apart) targeted segments of the spine in order to take pressure off specific discs and nerves.

In addition, the treatment gently stretches tight muscles and stiff ligaments to help improve mobility and relieve muscle spasm.

By decompressing (taking pressure off) an injured or bulging disc and stretching the soft tissues, this allows 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, herniated or, as they are commonly called, ‘slipped’ discs.

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.

Atkins Physiotherapy Consultants is part of a UK and international network of IDD Therapy Disc Clinics who are passionate to do everything they possibly can to get patients out of pain and enjoying life to the full. For more details visit

What Next

If you are suffering with pain and think you have run out of options, call us and we will be happy to guide you on what might be best for you. Tel: 020 8504 0478

We look forward to seeing you.

Aviva-logo1Insured with Aviva? We are pleased to announce that Aviva is one of the first insurance companies to reimburse courses of IDD Therapy (up to 20 sessions) in its own right as a therapy for back pain

To book an assessment call the clinic on 020 8504 0478

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 treatment. The price is £75* which is less than the price of two 30 minute treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

This is an important question and one which the team 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 10 sessions over a 4 to 5 week period. For patients with serious spine issues who are facing surgery, the original protocol is based around an intensive course of 20 treatments. There is of course no such thing as a cure all for back pain. If for any reason you are not responding to the treatment in the way we would like, then we will advise you accordingly and stop the treatment.

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.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes. The treatment is safe with many patients going to sleep during treatment. The treatment progresses gently with the added reassurance that if at any time a patient does feel uncomfortable, the patient can press a treatment stop button. In this instance, the treatment stops smoothly.

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, typically on the facet joints, which is a cause of pain. They are intended to create a window of pain relief for rehabilitation. An injection is not intended to address the problems of compression of discs or stiffness in the spine. Spinal injections in isolation 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 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?

You can make an appointment with one of our practitioners. If you call, just ask about a spine appointment and IDD. Our practitioners 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 8504 0478

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.

To read more about IDD Therapy, take a look at

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*Price applicable when 10 sessions booked and prepaid.

Note: As with all treatments results vary depending on the nature of your condition and IDD Therapy treatment is one treatment tool we use. As part of your assessment we will advise you on the most applicable treatment for your individual needs and as appropriate we do occasionally refer patients to local consultants.

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My back spasm recovered a lot quicker than previously, I’m sure due to the treatment I received here. Thank you!

KS, South Woodford