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IDD Therapy is a non-invasive therapy to help promote improvement in disc health, rehabilitate soft tissues and realign spinal structures. It is a proven treatment for the relief of lower back pain. With a significant success rate, thousands of patients have experienced dramatic pain relief and healing. It is primarily associated with treatment of spinal disc issues such as a bulging or herniated disc and related symptoms including sciatica.

IDD Therapy was developed in North America and it’s basically a modern version of the traditional traction treatments (of which I’ve had many) but the traditional treatment used to cause pain and muscle spasm due to the abrupt pulling force of the machines and weights used.

The NHS explain that by gently decompressing the targeted segment and mobilising the joint, IDD Therapy takes pressure off the disc and improves function and mobility in the affected area. As part of a programme of care, IDD Therapy aims to relieve pain without drugs or invasive treatments with a goal to improve the quality of life for the patient.

In the NHS, IDD Therapy will be a cost-effective way to treat the causes of certain pain conditions. For GPs and Consultants, IDD Therapy gives a meaningful option to treat the causes of pain beyond pain management whilst freeing up time by taking chronic back pain management out of the GP surgery.  For physiotherapists, IDD Therapy provides a tool to enable them to do more for their patients, beyond the limitations of manual therapy and exercise alone.

IDD Therapy is not available on the NHS the UK, IDD Therapy is expanding rapidly in the private sector. As awareness and understanding of the benefits of treatment grows, along with new research to support the efficacy, IDD Therapy will offer the NHS an exciting option to do more for patients with unresolved back or neck pain.

The strength and comfortable delivery of the force applied by IDD Therapy helps to release tightness and increase flexibility in the soft tissues enabling the targeted vertebra to be drawn apart safely.

On the IDD Therapy website they go into detail about how negative pressure promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby re-hydrating the degenerated disc. Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc).

The force is controlled by a computer and consists of a high force that is held for one minute followed by a low force held for 30 seconds. The change allows the soft tissue to relax and prevent guarding so that the treatment may continue.

An MRI is required before treatment to help identify the level in the spine that is most likely to be the origin of the pain.

After the problems I had with the traditional traction which left me with complete numbness to my left calf, it’s nice to read things have changed for the better, and hopefully it will soon be available on the NHS.

Source: NHS, IDD Therapy

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SleepAre have sent me some fascinating statistics to share with my readers about sleep.

A few minutes of social media just before we go to bed is something most people do.Five minutes won’t make much of a difference, right?

Well according to science, they do. Screen time at any point of the day affects your sleep, but it’s more disruptive if it’s closer to bedtime. Everyday life choices, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can have a big impact on your sleep quality.

Sleep is vital for our health, much like proper food and exercise, but most of us take it for granted. We fail to realize how our sleep health affects our mental and physical well-being.

Did you know that insufficient sleep can even jeopardize your life? Your lack of sleep can become a risk for others too — sleeplessness contributes to a high number of accidents each year in not just the United States but all over the world.

Just look at these shocking facts and I bet you’d think twice before skimping on the recommended amount of sleep next time.

Some interesting facts on infant sleeping and teenage sleeping patterns.

Did you know that most infants sleep 8-10 hours during the day and 8 hours at night.Stanford Children’s Health

Two-thirds of children start sleeping through the night on a regular basis by the age of 6 months.Stanford Children’s Health

Toddlers sleep for 11.7 hours on average instead of the recommended 12-14 hours for children aged 1-3 years.Sleep For Kids

Teens tend to keep irregular sleep patterns, especially on weekends — sleeping late and waking up late, which can disturb their circadian rhythm.Sleep Foundation

Only 15% of teens get the recommended 8.5 hours of sleep on school days.Sleep Foundation

Teens require 8-10 hours of sleep per night.Sleep Foundation

88.5% of high-school students report sleeping less than 9 hours and 78% of them report feeling tired during the day.Frontiers

20% of teens sleep less than 5 hours while 6.5 hours is the average.Scientific American Mind

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In the West, most people are what philosophers call “implicit dualists.” They believe that the body and the mind are made of different types of “stuff.” Thoughts, they tell themselves, are different from the chemical messages that carry them – and the rest of the body.

The reality, though, is quite different. Mind and body – whether separate or not – are part of the same system, and impact one another enormously. 

Take back pain for instance – a popular topic in these parts. Most people just assume that it happens because of an injury to the body or an error on the cellular level. But intriguing evidence suggests that a lot of it, if not most of it, is the product of our minds.

Backaches Are A Common Symptom Of Depression

Nobody is suggesting that all back pain is the result of mental activity. However, there is a lot of research that shows that people with severe depression regularly develop body aches, including back pain, because of their condition. What’s more, they also tend to feel the pain more intensely than people who aren’t depressed.

But why would this be? 

Researchers think that the culprit is inflammatory markers. Thoughts themselves can’t change the exterior world. But they can change the chemistry of the brain, causing it to secrete more of some factors and less of others. 

The evidence seems to show that people with depression release more inflammatory chemical messengers into their bodies. And these then interact with their tissues causing inflammation and, therefore, pain. 

When you test the blood of people in chronic pain, you find that inflammatory compound levels are higher than in the rest of the population, suggesting that they play a crucial role.

Treating Depression-Induced Chronic Backpain Requires A Holistic Approach

So what can people do about chronic back pain? Is there any way to get rid of it? 

The best approach at the moment seems to be holistic therapy. This is where the patient themselves begins to understand that their back pain isn’t just in the body, but in the mind as well.

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CBD can help with depression, so that might be a good place to start. But people with symptoms also need to go through counselling.

Counselling is critical because it helps to eliminate the mind as a possible driver of pain. So many individuals go through their lives, believing that they need back surgery when the real answer lies in feeling healthier and happier in themselves. 

Other talk therapies may be beneficial too. For instance, some patients can benefit tremendously from relaxation therapy. Others respond positively to CBT. 

Again, when we say that back pain is in the mind, we’re not saying it isn’t real. The experiences of the mind are the most real anything ever gets!

However, it’s worth exploring whether you have depression first before you opt for significant spinal intervention. Once you treat the depression, the pain may become more manageable. Or it could disappear altogether. 

So, do you think that there’s a link between depression and back pain?