Last Updated on 30 July 2022 by Ray Plumlee

Skeletal View of the Spinal Column
Skeletal View of the Spinal Column – Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy

Many of us, at some point in our lives, will experience pain associated with back problems. It may be stiffness in our lower back, pain in the legs or arms, or, sometimes, the neck. The pain is persistent, annoyingly so, and we become reconciled to a lifetime of pharmaceutical painkillers, or even surgery, to grant us some relief. But, these alternatives are not the only ones out there that you should consider, Have you ever heard of Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) therapy?

Quite a bit of the pain you are experiencing in your lower back, neck, arm, or leg can be attributed to a herniated, or “slipped”, disk. In the spinal column, between each set of vertebrae, is a sort of shock-absorbing disk, soft in the center, but tougher on the outside. From time to time, one or more of these tiny shock absorbers may become damaged, causing the softer center material to bulge out through the tear. This is called a herniated disk, and can cause pain when it impinges on a nearby nerve. Most herniated disks are simply the result of wear and tear as we age, known as degeneration. Depending on where the disk is located, it may result in pain, numbness, or weakness in the neck, the back, the arms, or the legs. Some patients may experience no symptoms whatsoever, and, for them, no treatment is necessary. In other cases, the condition can be resolved by massage therapy, or the use of medications to relieve pain. But other cases may involve putting the patient in traction, which stretches the spine, or even spinal surgery to repair or remove the damaged disk. Surgery can be quite complicated and requires an extended recovery period. But IDD therapy can provide an alternative treatment plan.

IDD Therapy is suitable for those suffering from pain, weakness, or numbness in the lower back, arms, legs, or neck for an extended period of time, Such pain is commonly caused by a degenerated spinal disk impinging on a nerve. Patients may have already tried more conservative treatments and pain medications, and, due to the fact that their pain is continuing to impact negatively on their lives, maybe considering graduating to spinal injections or even surgery. 

IDD Therapy involves applied computer-controlled forces to pull the affected disks in the spinal column apart at precise angles to gently relieve pressure on the disk and any nerves involved. By relaxing the pressure on the damaged disk, the therapy allows nutrient-rich fluids to flow into the injured area, promoting healing. At the same time, IDD Therapy also works the tight and stiff ligaments and muscles in the area, allowing for more movement in the involved joints. By progressively improving the flexibility and mobility of a joint, this therapy allows the body’s own healing mechanisms to function more effectively and relieve pain.

IDD Therapy utilizes the SPINA range of FDA approved Class II medical devices.  Even before the patient is connected to the SPINA machine, infrared heat, via fabric pads, is applied to the patient’s back to ease discomfort and promote circulation. Warming the muscles makes them more supple, allowing for a deeper and more comfortable experience, After the infrared treatment, ergonomic harnesses are used to connect the patient to the therapeutic machine. These newly designed machines deliver a computer calculated pulling force, at precise angles, to the affected area of the spine. The amount of force applied, as well as the angle at which it is applied, is calculated by sophisticated software programs, depending on the individual patient’s diagnosis, weight, and condition.  The force is gradually increased over the course of the treatments. All aspects of the treatment, as well as the patient’s progress, are recorded in the SPINA device. And all this is accomplished while the patient lies comfortably in bed, fully clothed, comfortable, and awake on the treatment bed. After therapy, the patient will receive cold therapy to ease any muscle soreness they may experience.

So, why is IDD Therapy superior to traditional traction therapy? The easy answer is because it is far more targeted, more tailored, to each individual patient’s condition. Treatment with traction, both manual and mechanical, have been effective in many cases, but it cannot provide the individualized treatment plan that IDD Therapy can. And it can be far more uncomfortable, requiring anesthesia. IDD Therapy is designed to be as painless as possible. Most conditions can be resolved by a series of treatments lasting from 4 to 6 weeks. And it is no more expensive than standard manual therapy charges. IDD Therapy is available at over 1000 clinics worldwide, and availability is increasing. IDD Therapy is offered by physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors, and pain consultants.

There is no upper age limit for this type of therapy, as the therapy is personally adjusted to the condition of the patient. And, even if you have previously had surgery to correct the problem, but still suffer, this therapy is appropriate if six months have passed since your surgery. So, before you make any decision to graduate to narcotic pain medications, undergo traditional traction treatment, or even go under the knife, consider the benefits of the newest treatment for troublesome spinal issues, Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy. Not all sufferers are suitable candidates for the treatment, but if you have been unsuccessful with other treatments, consider a visit to a local IDD Therapy clinic for a consultation.


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I’m Nick Wilkinson. I writer and radio personality who lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

With over 14 years of experience in the Behavioral Health Field, I’ve been working in close contact with kids from all walks of life.

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