IDD Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Your Questions Answered
We understand that you may have a lot of questions about IDD Therapy and what to expect. Below are a number of the most common questions our patients ask. If you have any other questions then please call us -we are always happy to help.
Will I be comfortable during treatment?
Yes, IDD Therapy is safe, very gentle and patients feel relaxed during treatment; they wear ergonomic harnesses to support their body whilst on the machine and remain fully-clothed throughout.
Will I feel any pain afterwards?
Typically not. Some patients may experience a temporary soreness after treatment; a sign that muscles have been worked in a new way. Cold therapy at the end of treatment sessions reduces any discomfort of this kind.
Can I drive home after treatment?
Yes, although it is best to minimise travelling time wherever possible. Most of our patients live or work within a 30 mile radius of the clinic.
How quickly will I feel better?
Patients usually have a series of treatments spread out over 4 to 6 weeks. As all conditions are different, some patients may feel an improvement after a few sessions but, for most, the long-lasting therapeutic changes are progressive and take a few weeks to achieve. Patients will normally require a course of 10 – 20 treatments depending on their condition.
I have had surgery on my back. Can I still have IDD treatment?
Patients who have had surgery can have treatment provided that the procedure was not within the previous six months (to allow complete healing) and there are no surgical implants.
Do I need an MRI?
We normally need to look at a recent MRI prior to commencing treatment. If you have an MRI disc and report please bring it along to your IDD assessment appointment. If you do not have a recent MRI we can refer you, if appropriate, to a local unit who offer a very efficient service at a reasonable price.
What should I wear?
Patients are treated fully clothed so loose comfortable clothes are often best. Due to the nature of the harness skirts should be avoided if possible.
What about other back treatments; would they interfere with IDD?
Potentially other treatments can interfere and can also confuse any outcomes therefore you will need to cease any active treatment for the duration of the programme.
Do I need to stop medication?
It is not advised to do this immediately as you begin to feel better then you can reduce this.
What exercises are safe to do whilst I have treatment?
We strongly advise that you refrain from exercise within the intensive 2 week phase of treatment, following which during the rehabilitation phase, you will be given exercises specifically tailored to your condition and needs.
What if I get pain after my course of treatment has finished?
It is not unusual to get occasional pain for a few months after treatment especially if you overdo things. This goes away quickly but you can always talk to someone if you’re worried. In severe cases a one- off decompression or some osteopathy can settle your pain.
Will I need ongoing treatment?
Not usually but if there is a large degree of degenerative changes we have found that single top- up treatments every 3 months can help prevent further problems.