Does this describe you?

  • You have been diagnosed with a herniated or prolapsed disc in your neck or lower back?
  • You are having a nightmare trying to do normal things like sitting, walking and getting dressed?
  • The pain is disturbing your sleep? You are constantly taking painkillers?
  • You have tried other treatments like physiotherapy or osteopathy and were disappointed that they did not work for you?
  • Have you had an injection and found the pain came back again?
  • You are looking for a long term solution but would like to avoid surgery.

If you answered yes to any of the above, IDD Therapy may well be the answer for you. 

Here at Cathedral Osteopaths, Ripon, we specialise in IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression.  This is the fastest growing non-surgical treatment for intervertebral disc injuries and spinal stenosis, and is now provided in 1000s of clinics worldwide.

Want to know if IDD Therapy is the right solution for your pain? 

Frustrated with your pain? Not sure what to do or who to ask?

What is a Herniated Disc?

An intervertebral disc is the spongy shock absorbing tissue between the bones in your spine. 

What is commonly known as a 'slipped disc' is more accurately described as a herniated or prolapsed disc, when the central tissue for the disc (the nucleus) breaks through the outer casing of the disc (the annulus) causing herniation. 

This can cause the following symptoms:

  • Back Pain or neck pain
  • Sciatica or arm pain
  • Tingling, pins and needles or numbness
  • Difficulty walking, sitting and/or sleeping.

What Causes a Herniated or Prolapsed Disc?


Degeneration or wear and tear can happen in the spine as we get older, particularly in people with manual jobs. This causes the discs in our spine to thin and dehydrate, making them more vulnerable to injury from normal everyday movements, bending or lifting.


Injury to a disc in the spine is often caused by trauma, commonly in the form of heavy lifting. The force of lifting a heavy object can cause damage to the outer casing of the disc, resulting in a sudden shape change, also known as a bulging or slipped disc.


There is some evidence to suggest that you can inherit a predisposition to develop back pain. You may be more likely to suffer a disc injury if your parents or siblings have also experienced a disc injury.

Need Something More For Your Pain?

You should consider IDD Therapy if:

  • You have ongoing or chronic neck pain, back pain or sciatica associated with Spinal Stenosis.
  • You have been diagnosed with a slipped, prolapsed or herniated disc that is stopping you from living your life.
  • You have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and told that nothing can be done about it.
  • You are keen to avoid invasive spinal injections or surgery.
  • You are tired of the merry-go-round of NHS appointments, painkillers and waiting times.

So, what is IDD Therapy?

The video below will explain how IDD Therapy, a safe and gentle approach to back and neck pain, has helped 1000s of people in the UK break free from a cycle of painkillers and get back to normal life.

A Safe and Trusted Approach to Degenerative disc disease, Spinal Stenosis and Back Pain

Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy is a successful and trusted non surgical spinal decompression treatment for back pain, neck pain and related problems such as sciatica. 

It is particularly useful to sufferers of: 

  • Bulging, herniated and degenerative discs.
  • Spinal Stenosis.
  • Sciatica or trapped nerves.
  • Pain that hasn't improved with other approaches such as spinal injections.
  • Cases of chronic pain ongoing for more that 6 weeks.

How Does IDD Therapy Work?

IDD Therapy is a targeted treatment used by clinicians to relieve pressure on specific spinal discs whilst gently restoring mobility. 

Patients lie comfortably on the Accu SPINA machine.  Using ergonomic harnesses to connect the patient to the machine, computer-controlled pulling forces are applied at measured angles to treat the affected spinal segement.

By decompressing (taking pressure off) an injured or bulging/herniated disc and stretching the soft tissues, we can improve mobility in the spine and allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to operate more efficiently. 


Patients lie on the Accu SPINA for 25 minutes, soft music is played and many IDD patients go to sleep.

Treatment is combined with other modalities including gentle exercises and manual therapy where necessary. The key point about IDD Therapy is that it is not possible to deliver such a treatment with the hands or old fashioned equipment.

So for those patients in pain who need something more for their condition, IDD Therapy is an excellent option since it is non-invasive and can help patients avoid surgery.

Is IDD Therapy painful?

Patients do not typically feel any pain during treatment.  The treatment itself is actually quite gentle, it is not unusual for people to fall asleep during their decompression treatment.

The decompression pulling force used is set at a precise proportion of your body weight.  This means it is specific to you and therefore unlikely to cause any pain or discomfort.

The decompression forces used are built up slowly and gradually during the course of your treatment, depending on your history and how you are responding to treatment. 

After your treatment, we apply a cold compress to the area, this helps to reduce any soreness after the treatment.  Some patients do report soreness similar to what you would expect after having hands on treatment, such as massage, but this generally gets less intense as the treatment course progresses. 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Every case of back pain is different but typically takes place over a 6 to 8 week period.  This allows time for the body to adapt with the goal of gently improving and restoring normal spinal function.

The exact number of treatments required will depend on your specific condition and how your body responds to the decompression therapy.

While relief from pain can be experienced in the early stages of treatment, the body does not adjust over night, especially when chronic conditions may have built up over a long period of time.

Is IDD Therapy for you?

  • 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.

The Clinic Director:  Vanessa Robinson  

 “There are some patients who just need something more for their pain.  IDD Therapy fits the principles of Osteopathy by helping the body the body to heal itself. 

The Accu SPINA machine we have gives our clinic far greater scope to do more for patients who previously we wouldn’t have been able to help.”.

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.

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Not sure what you need? We offer a FREE 15 Minute Consultation.

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Not sure what you need? We offer a FREE 15 Minute Consultation.

Call the clinic on 01765 540026 or click the link below.

Would you like to know more about what IDD Therapy can do for you, or you simply just want to get some advice?

Then click on the button below. 

Fill in the form and one of your team will contact you to discuss your specific concerns and conduct a FREE Herniated Disc consultation.

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Patient Journeys

Why We're Different

Latest treatment technology

  • We use the best and latest available to get the best outcomes for our clients.

  • We are 1 of 38 clinics in the UK (1000's worldwide) offering IDD Therapy which is a non surgical spinal decompression for herniated/bulging discs, facet problems, stenosis and chronic back pain.

Convenient hours and location

  • We are centrally located opposite Ripon Cathedral. We are within one hours drive from the majority of North Yorkshire and because we have great links to the A1 and A19 even further afield.

  • We understand how difficult it can be to prioritise your health and wellbeing which is why we are open late 5 nights a week to make it as easy as possible for you to fit appointments in.

  • Online booking available 24/7

Exceptional hands on treatment

With over 3 decades of experience between us and a variety of different techniques at our disposal you can be sure to get the type of treatment that best suits you whilst still getting to the root cause of your problem.

Programmes of back care designed to get you out of pain and back to living life to the full

Because we specialise in complex and chronic conditions we have a selection of Back care programmes designed to get you out of pain and back to living a more fulfilling life whether that is returning to your job, returning to your favorite hobby or sport or playing with your kids or grandchildren.

Spinal Stenosis Therapy Programme

IDD Therapy Programme

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