A new twist on an old therapy for bad backs is being pioneered with success at a UK clinic.
Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) therapy employs basic principles of traction that can be traced to ancient Egypt.
But unlike traditional “stretching” techniques, IDD uses a computer-controlled machine to manipulate the spine.
The treatment was developed in the US in the 1990s and has been used to alleviate the suffering of more than 200,000 chronic back pain patients around the world.
Today it is available at just one centre in the UK, the Buckingham Clinic in Glasgow.
The therapy has proved so successful and popular since its introduction in 2008 that earlier this year a second machine was installed.