Could These 6 Simple Tips Ease Your Coccyx Pain?

Published: 23rd September 2011
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If you suffer from coccyx pain, you may feel as if youíre willing to try just about anything to get some relief. When the tailbone is bruised or the coccyx region is inflamed and sore, the pain can be excruciating as well as stubborn.

Whether you are presently under a doctor or specialistís care or trying to manage coccyx pain on your own, the following 6 simple tips could go a long way to providing relief:

1. Avoid sitting for long periods.

If youíve done any research at all on coccydynia, youíll recognize this advice. You probably know from your own experience, too that sitting for too long is painful.

When you do need to sit down, be sure to use a special cushion thatís cut out in the back area to avoid putting pressure on your tailbone. Try leaning forward slightly, too, or use a wedge-shaped coccyx pillow that encourages the right posture for pain relief.

2. Maintain good posture at all times.

Good posture for coccyx pain means avoiding putting pressure on the tailbone area. As mentioned above, the right seating cushion will help while sitting.

Work on proper posture for good spinal alignment, too. When you lie down or sleep, try to sleep on your side and use a pillow thatís designed to promote the neutral posture. Place a knee pillow between your legs at the knees to reduce pressure on your lower back.

3. Exercise to strengthen lumbar and abdominal muscles.

You donít want to perform any exercises that involve putting pressure on your coccyx, but you should work on strengthening abdominal and back muscles.

Work with a physiotherapist or specially trained fitness coach to learn the right way to exercise to strengthen muscles in these areas. That added strength will help improve your posture while sitting and at other times and may help ease the coccyx pain youíre experiencing.

4. Hot and cold treatments for relief.

Icing the tailbone area for 15-20 minutes three to four times a day will help if youíve experienced a trauma or injury to the coccyx. It may also help with chronic pain due to inflammation.

Hot baths may also provide temporary pain relief and can relax the muscles. If sitting in the tub is painful, try a long hot shower, instead.

5. Eat plenty of fiber and stay hydrated.

If bowel movements or constipation are contributing to or causing coccyx pain, focus on improving your diet. Add high fiber foods like whole grain products and dark leafy greens. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid constipation.

6. Go for massage therapy.

Research has shown that massage therapy is very effective at treating and preventing coccyx pain. It can help with pain management and also help alleviate symptoms of anxiety or depression that often go along with chronic pain. Massage also helps lower stress hormone levels and raise levels of hormones such as serotonin that make you "feel good."

You must find a massage therapist that is experienced in treating coccyx pain in order to experience relief with this simple, relaxing form of treatment.

John Dembly has experienced coccyx pain and used a coccyx cushion to help his pain

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