In the News
“Father of IDD Therapy” Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Marietta Daily Journal, Published November 17, 2022
Carlos Becerra, CEO, and inventor of the DRS and Accu-SPINA® System (which is used to administer IDD Therapy treatment) has been honored with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Disc Education Association.
Over 400 attendees, mostly spine care doctors and chiropractors, cheered loudly as the award was presented by Dr. Eric S. Kaplan and Dr. Perry Bard of the International Medical Advisory Board on Spinal Decompression and the Disc Centers of America. [Press Release.]
Back to Health Offers Innovative Non-Surgical Therapy for Back Pain
The Journal, February 15, 2022
~ Dr. Charles Schuster, Back to Health Non-Surgical Pain Solution Center
Approximately 16 million adults are living with chronic back pain, making it the sixth costliest health condition in the United States. Dr. Charles Schuster, owner of, is committed to offering innovative ways to provide his patients permanent relief for back pain, without costly surgeries.
Back To Health Non-Surgical Pain Solutions has invested in unique products such as an Intervertebral Differential Dynamics (IDD) Therapy Table to help patients find lasting relief from their back pain.
“IDD Therapy is an amazing tool offering relief for those with back and other pain,” said Dr. Charles Schuster. “It uses a precise, computer-controlled spinal treatment to open the disc space between targeted vertebrae to alleviate the pain caused by disc compression and degeneration. Compressed discs can be the cause of many issues, not just in the neck and back, but also the arms, legs and extremities. This treatment can also reduce or eliminate the need for surgery. We’ve seen it make a tremendous impact in the quality of life of our patients.”
IDD Therapy treatment and Accu-SPINA® system were developed and advanced by neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, PTs, and other healthcare professionals, for the non-surgical resolution of back and neck pain. After decades of use, and millions of treatments, IDD Therapy has maintained an exemplary safety record and outstanding success rates.
Spotlight on IDD Therapy
Excerpts from an interview with Michael Furlong, Clinical Director, Balance Health Center, Liverpool, England. January 7, 2022.
Note from North American Medical Corporation: We saw this interview posted on a blog. We think it contains interesting information from the point of view of one of our IDD Therapy providers. We hope you do too.
IDD Therapy – “Intervertebral Differential Dynamics” is the fastest growing non-surgical spinal treatment with over 1000 clinics worldwide – 34 of them in the UK alone. I talk to Michael Furlong, an osteopath for over 20 years and Clinic Director at Balance Health Centre in Liverpool. Michael is passionate about spine care and so is the perfect person to answer my questions about IDD Therapy and back pain in general.
Q: What are the common causes of back pain?
The most common causes of back pain I see regularly are predominately muscular skeletal lower lumbar sacro-iliac with related disc problems. This then causes symptoms throughout the body causing knock-on compensatory symptoms.
Q: Why is it important to get treatment as soon as possible for back pain, neck pain & sciatica?
It is important to seek help immediately once you are in pain. If you leave it too long, the problem becomes chronic. Chronic pain basically means the problem has been there for 6 months and longer. That means you have been living with pain for a long time, this becomes harder to treat and takes more time to improve due to compensatory changes in the body.
There does seem to be an order for back pain. The patient will try medication, then their GP, who will refer to a physiotherapist, then the client will try acupuncture and / or sports massage. Then they end up at the last chance saloon, which is me. This pattern only changes once the person has attended my clinic. Read more
Don’t Let Back & Neck Pain Prevent You from Doing what You LOVE
Published Fall 2021. Turning Point Magazine
Does your job require a lot of lifting? Or perhaps moving equipment around? Or working over a low table?
Whatever your job requires of you, it’s important to protect your back. Our body is designed to be able to undertake these activities. However, a combination of repetition, poor technique or inadequate physical fitness can mean we suffer with injuries that cause pain, ranging from a miild backache to serious pain.
This article explains how the spine works, causes of back and neck pain, treating and avoiding pain, and other tips for keeping your back healthy so you can not only work without issue, but also to be sure pain won’t slow you down in other areas of your life.
North American Medical Corporation Announces Major Expansion in IDD Therapy® Clinics
Published July 20, 2021. GeorgiaChron.com.
At the beginning of 2021, like many CEO’s, Carlos Becerra of North American Medical (NAM) Corporation, wasn’t sure what to project for equipment sales for the upcoming year. He certainly couldn’t have predicted what occurred.
NAM’s flagship product, the Accu-SPINA® system, administers nonsurgical spinal treatment known as IDD Therapy® for disc disease and injuries. Historically, the majority of Accu-SPINA® systems are purchased by doctors seeking to expand their treatment options by adding IDD Therapy® treatment to their practice, in other words by purchasing their first Accu-SPINA® system.
This year, the biggest surprise was the number of doctors acquiring their second or third Accu-SPINA® system in order to meet patient demand for IDD Therapy® treatment.
Dr. Graham Kern (pictured), Lakeland Disc Center in Lakeland, FL, said, “As patients started to emerge from lockdown, we experienced a surge in people seeking nonsurgical options to treat back and neck pain.” After years of successfully treating painful issues such as bulging and herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and disc degeneration with IDD Therapy®, Dr. Kern didn’t hesitate to add additional Accu-SPINA® systems in order to meet the needs of his patients…. continued
How IDD Therapy® can help to relieve unresolved sciatica from a bulging disc
Published June 2, 2021. Lisa Baker, Editor, Wellbeing News. Written by Richard Hughes, MCSP.
There are a number of nerve roots that exit the low back and come together to form the sciatic nerve, which is travels through your buttock and down the back of your leg.
If the discs become weakened or too much force is exerted on them from certain twisting or awkward bending for example, the wall of the discs can bulge. A disc bulge, or herniation, where the walls of the disc are pushed outwards can put pressure on these nerves exiting the spinal cord.
Pressure on, or inflammatory irritation of the sciatic nerve from a bulging or herniated disc can cause intense pain traveling down the buttocks and legs. It can be a constant dull ache or feel like jolts of electricity…. continued
Tackling Unresolved Back Pain
Spinal Surgery News. May 11, 2021
~ Michael Furlong, Clinic Director, Balance Health Centre
It is rare for someone to get through life without an episode or two of back pain. As a clinician, back pain is by far the number one reason people come to see me. The same applies generally to osteopathy and chiropractic. We see people with back pain who fall into both categories of unresolved pain: unresolved because they have put off doing something about it; or unresolved because despite a number of treatments, pain persists.
Depending on the nature of the problem, in practically all cases something can be done to help people: from manual therapy and exercise to more advanced treatments such as IDD Therapy spinal decompression…. continued
5 Ways IDD Therapy Can Help Older People With Their Unresolved Sciatica
The Carer. June 8, 2021
~Richard Hughes, MCSP
Sciatica becomes more common as we age. This does not mean, however, that older people should accept it as a part of life! So, what can they do to tackle unresolved sciatica?
Most bouts of back pain are short-lived and a lot of issues are referred to as ‘non-specific low back pain’, meaning it is difficult to ascribe the symptoms to a specific structure. The body typically deals well with these issues and recovery is just a matter of time.
However, when back pain persists, is reluctant to settle and then the symptoms are felt in the legs as sciatica, it may be the case that disc-based pathology is at fault. This is where IDD Therapy® non-surgical spinal decompression can help people without them having to be dependent on pain medication just to get through the day… continued
How I Beat a Slipped Disc Without Surgery
What Doctors Don’t Tell You. January 2020
When Sally Lansdale finished her training at the British School of Osteopathy (sic Chiropractic) in 1984, little did she realize that one day her own body would take her past the limits of what osteopathy and chiropractic could effectively treat back then.
“I always had back pain”
she says. “Most chiropractors have back problems because of our training. First you have students practicing on you, and then it’s always a bit dodgy for a while after college when you are first treating patients.” She didn’t think much about the low-grade chronic pain in her cervical and lumbar regions (neck and low back). Beyond her practice, she had an active lifestyle that included a passion for playing tennis and horseback riding.
Then, a series of accidents – a fall off a horse, a windsurfing accident, and another accident while skiing – exacerbated the existing problem… continue news article
Managing Slipped Discs
The Hippocratic Post. December 17, 2018
The term slipped disc refers to a condition where the center of a spinal disc bulges outwards and presses on a nerve. The spinal discs act as shock absorbers and through a variety of causes, the walls of the disc can become weaker. If the center of the disc pushes out, this can cause the disc wall to bulge and that can be when pain strikes.
Here are six steps of management that should be considered in this situation:
- Manual Therapy
- IDD Therapy
- Spinal surgery
- Other treatments
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