Many people ask this question, no one more so than those who have already had spinal decompression treatments. The simple answer to the question of does spinal decompression work is, yes, it does. The correct answer is that results vary.
Every nervous system is different, as is every spinal column. Likewise, every spinal injury is different. What’s more, no matter what the result of the treatment on an individual, it is logically impossible to say that when X comes before Y, that X has necessarily caused Y.
It is fair to say that spinal decompression treatments are supported by the numbers. In a study reported on by the U.S. National Library Institutes of Health, of patients who underwent spinal decompression treatments between the years 1984 and 1995, 12% reported excellent outcomes. 7% reported good outcomes. And 5% reported slight improvement.
While these numbers do seem low, it is important to keep in mind that spinal decompression is an intervention of last resort for patients who have suffered from years of, often debilitating, chronic lower back pain, and neck pain. People suffering from this condition have tried everything else, even spinal fusion surgery.
For many people, for whom back pain has been a constant torment, spinal decompression procedures can offer hope where- for years- there had been little to none.