IDD Therapy Ethiopia – Now at Kino Physiotherapy

There have been many challenges in the 2021.  But a ray of sunshine has shone brightly as a new physiotherapy clinic in Addis Ababa has brought hope to the many people who suffer with unresolved back pain.

Kino Physiotherapy is a state-of-the art rehabilitation clinic, located in Yeka City in Addis Ababa, and is the brainchild of Yusuf Seid and Amir Yusuf.  When back pain got so bad that he couldn’t get through the day, Yusuf travelled overseas to have a programme of IDD Therapy spinal decompression.

Yusuf says “I just couldn’t get past a certain point with my rehab and the pain was making me concerned for my future.  Hearing about IDD Therapy, I travelled abroad to have treatment.  I was so happy with the success of the IDD Therapy, the freedom to move without pain, that I knew we needed to offer this fantastic treatment to the people of Ethiopia”.

IDD Therapy is at the heart of the Kino Physiotherapy clinic, alongside standard and other specialist rehabilitation programmes for people with pain, injury and disabilities.

IDD Therapy was developed in North America in the late 1990s and has expanded around the world.  Using a machine called an Accu SPINA, IDD Therapy works by treating targeted spinal segments which are often at the origin of pain. 

This includes conditions such as bulging or herniated discs and related conditions like the suffering-inducing leg pain or “sciatica”.

Patients lie fully clothed on the Accu SPINA machine to which they are connected with ergonomic harnesses. A pelvic harness acts like a big pair of hands holding the hips and a buckle connects to a decompression motor on the Accu SPINA tower.

Computer controlled pulling forces applied at precisely measured angles then gently stretch the tissues around the injured joint whilst decompressing the disc.  With a programme of treatments, pressure is progressively removed from nerves which may be causing pain, and by improving spinal function, the body’s natural healing mechanism can operate efficiently.  Treatment is comfortable and many people fall asleep on the machine.

As movement improves and pain subsides, patients are then able to perform simple exercises with a goal to stay on a path of long term pain-free living.

Amir Yusuf is a fellow director of Kino Physiotherapy.  “We received our Accu SPINA earlier this year, it was exciting for us to finally get it.  We received full instruction from Steve Johnson, the impressive American trainer who spent time with us so that we could get the most from IDD Therapy and ensure we can give the best possible outcomes to our patients.  It is exciting to see the results and the possibilities we can offer people who wish to avoid surgery.”

Stephen Small of IDD Therapy Disc Clinics in the UK is the International Distributor of the Accu SPINA and says: “Kino Physiotherapy is an oasis of calm for people with difficult pain conditions.  It is with great pride and satisfaction that we welcome the Kino Physio team to the IDD Therapy provider network and we look forward to the future.”

Already patients are travelling from other cities in the country to experience the state-of-the art technology which combined with the clinical excellence of the staff, offer solutions which previously had not been available to patients inside Ethiopia.

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About the Author:Stephen Small