IDD Therapy

IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression

Specialist non-surgical treatment for unresolved back pain and neck pain, particularly herniated or bulging spinal discs and nerve pain.

Most spinal problems can be resolved with manual therapy and corrective exercise.  However, if pain persists, we provide IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression as part of a non-invasive treatment programme. 

This safe, non-invasive therapy uses computer-directed technology to target the specific level in your spine where there is a problem.  

Suitable Conditions

Herniated or Bulging Discs

Sciatica or nerve pain

Degenerative Disc Disease

Facet Joint Syndrome

Chronic back pain or neck pain

FREE 15 Minute Consultation: If you have been diagnosed with a disc problem or are concerned about your back or neck, we offer a free 15 minute consultation to discuss potential treatment options. 

To book call: 

01376 509076 or 07738 735555

The clinic is based in Witham, Essex, address below. 

What is IDD Therapy?

IDD Therapy is the specialist non-surgical spinal decompression treatment which relieves pressure on targeted spinal discs and gently restores mobility in the affected area.   

We have an IDD Therapy machine (Accu SPINA) 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 gently stretching the soft tissues, we can improve mobility in the spine and allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate more efficiently.  

IDD Therapy is a gentle but dynamic treatment which is safe, non-invasive and suitable for people over the age of 18.  

Clinic Director Denise Varley says: 

“Having treated spinal problems for over 30 years, there are times when hands-on Osteopathy on its own is not enough to bring about change.  Here at the clinic, we specialise in helping patients with complex spinal issues and IDD Therapy gives us the means to help people without resorting to pain management, injections or surgery.”  

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, neck pain or leg pain and may have tried various other treatments without success.  

They may be taking pain medication, might have had an MRI scan and may be considering invasive treatments such as injections or in extreme cases, surgery.

If you have a back pain or neck pain issue, symptoms in the legs or arms, then come and see us for an expert opinion and to see which treatment you are most suitable for.

Treatments & Prices

15 Minute Consultation, Free – To discuss treatment options and answer any questions.

New Patient Consultation, £85 – Full consultation and assessment of your condition.

IDD Therapy, from £75

Call the clinic on 01376 509076 or 07738 735555

Frequently Asked Questions

I have had a spinal injection, can I still have IDD Therapy?

Yes.  We wait for the effects of an injection to settle and then you can start treatment.  Our goal is to avoid the need for injections and surgery.

Do I need an MRI scan?

Yes.  We use an MRI scan to help determine the level of your spine to be treated and to rule out any reasons why treatment may not be suitable.  If you have a scan, you can bring it with you.  If you do not have a scan, we can determine if IDD Therapy is likely to be suitable and arrange for a scan.  

Is treatment painful?

No.  The treatment is computer-controlled and whilst there is a pulling force to unload the disc and mobilise the spinal joints, it is gentle and comfortable.  Many patients fall asleep in fact.  

Do I need to get undressed?

No.  Patients remain fully clothed throughout.

Are there any age restrictions?

Treatment is suitable for patients over the age of 18.  This is when growth plates are fully formed.  There is no upper age limit although we will assess suitability for treatment on an individual basis.

Will I need a course of treatment?

Yes.  Patients have a programme of treatment.  Spinal issues that have built up over time leave spinal segments stiff and immobile.  Muscles and ligaments which have become weak and inflexible need time to adapt as treatment progresses. If you are looking for temporary pain relief for a longer term problem, we can provide assistance with other treatment.  IDD Therapy is suitable for patients looking to break the cycle of back or neck pain.

How long is treatment?

You will be in the clinic for up to one hour.  Treatment begins with ten minutes of deep penetrating heat to warm tissues.  You are on the IDD Therapy machine for twenty-six minutes and we cool the affected area for ten minutes after treatment.  

Will the effects of treatment last?

The treatment programme is designed to put patients onto a path of long term healing.  As we progressively restore spinal function, the body’s natural healing mechanisms can operate and maintain the spine and this is the route to long term pain relief. 

What is the difference between IDD Therapy and traditional traction?

IDD therapy was developed to address the failings of traditional traction to treat targeted spinal segments.  Whereas traction delivered a general pulling force to the spine, IDD Therapy is able to focus distraction or pulling forces to a specific level of the spine.  

Many problems are located at specific levels and the ability of IDD to focus treatment at the effected level is what separates IDD from traction.  It also combines the pulling force with a gentle mobilisation, all part of a process to restore function and allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate.  

How long has been IDD Therapy been used?

IDD Therapy was developed in the early 2000s.  It was developed in America and is now provided at a national network of independent clinics in the UK as well as in countries around the world.

How do I find out if treatment is suitable for me?

If you call the clinic you can book a call or in person discovery call and from there we would book you in for the initial consultation which includes full assessment.  Here at Axis Health we specialise in unresolved spinal pain and disorders. 

If you have any further questions, simply call us and we will be happy to help you.

Here to help: 01376 509076 or 07738 735555


The clinic is located in Witham, less than 10 miles from Chelmsford.  There is a large car park immediately outside the clinic.  Our postcode for SatNav is CM8 1BQ

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