Spinal decompression and spinal mobilisation illustration using weights, IDD Therapy.
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Spinal decompression and mobilisation can be achieved using a variety of manual therapy techniques to help treat back pain. However there are natural limitations to what can be achieved using the hands alone.
IDD Therapy spinal decompression uses controlled forces to distract and mobilise targeted spinal segments. To achieve distraction and open the intervertebral disc space, it is necessary to apply high forces to overcome the inherent strength of the spine.
Whilst some manual therapy techniques may allow clinicians to create separation between specific vertebrae, whether with the hands alone or with certain tools, the reality is that it is not physically possible to apply forces equivalent to half a patient’s body weight and control that force for 25 minutes.
In this video, we see what a force equivalent to half someone’s body weight looks like in reality. The maximum force shown is 40kgs for someone weighing 80-90kgs, but IDD Therapy is able to treat patients weighing up to 190kgs, and thus apply forces equal to 100kgs, comfortably and in a controlled manner.
IDD Therapy spinal decompression does not have the sensitivity to feel soft tissues. It is not intended for that purpose. Instead, IDD Therapy is a tool which allows clinicians to decompress targeted spinal segments, to help with mobility and to release spasm. This then enables clinicians to work on patients more easily as part of a programme of care. http://www.iddtherapy.co.uk