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Myofascial Release for Tailbone Pain

Let’s Talk About Tailbone Pain Relief. 

Do you experience any issues with tailbone pain, tightness or discomfort in the pelvic region?

You’re one in a million if you’ve never fallen or sat down hard on your butt. Trauma to the tailbone is common. Many of us think our buttocks will cushion the impact, but more often than not our tailbone becomes bent or twisted with the hard hits.

And think about the average 9 to 5 job that entails long hours, often with poor sitting posture. This doesn’t facilitate healing and puts more stress through this tiny area.

Your tailbone is made up of 5 tiny bones that often become fused during late adolescence. It is located at the very end of the spine. Many tendons, muscles and ligaments attach to it. Your spinal cord also attaches to your coccyx.

Pain is generally the first symptom that something is amiss; it could be a sharp pain, soreness or a “bruised” feeling. Coccyx pain can affect how you sit, stand and move in general. It can even cause pain or problems during sex or with bowel movements, because of the attachment of the pelvic floor muscles onto the coccyx.

 Many people have difficulty sitting in a hard chair or sitting for long periods of time or cannot tolerate pressure on the buttocks area. This can cause low back and hip pain as well.

There’s much more that can be done for your tailbone pain than just using a donut cushion.

Myofacscial release for your tailbone can bring you longer relief and help with that tension or pain you may be feeling in your low back or pelvic region.

What is Myofascial Release? 

  • Myofascial release is a type of manual therapy or stretching that targets the fascia, or connective tissue, of the body.
  • Fascia is your body’s soft connective tissue that surrounds every single structure of the body, including muscles, nerves, bones, blood vessels and ligaments
  • In the pelvic region Myofascial Release can release tension and loosen muscles that are too tight.
  • Myofascial release is used for a variety of diagnoses and ailments, including relief of back, tailbone, hip and pelvic pain; treatment of menstrual pain or dysfunction; scar management following childbirth or post-surgery;  endometriosis and other inflammatory disorders. It can successfully address unpleasant or painful symptoms during pregnancy and childbirth, recurrent bladder pain or leaking, painful intercourse, and symptoms related to poor bowel function.

In this video Justine Calderwood, Pelvic Physical Therapist, will show you a Myofascial Release technique using a small ball to help Relieve Tailbone or Pelvic Pain.  

Pro Tip: If you do not have a small inflatable ball as shown in the video, you can always use a hand towel rolled up. You can even try other types of balls, but make sure you are not using anything that is too firm or hard, as this may not be as helpful to get your body to relax and release.

You are not alone if you get confused when placing the ball! I promise. Many of us have not been encouraged or given permission to anatomically understand this area of the body.

OPTIONAL: (If you are looking for more information on myofascial release of the body and not just the bladder or tailbone, give this blog a read: Can Myofascial Release help to relieve your pain? )

If you are stuck with tailbone or lower back pain and you want some help, Inquire About Our Services here.  We would love to hear how bad it is and what it’s keeping you from doing, to see if we can offer you some help so you can be active and mobile once again.

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Justine Calderwood

The Healing Spot Physical Therapy

"We help women overcome pelvic floor issues, heal from chronic pain, and have healthy pregnancies with a complete Postpartum recovery so they can get back to the active lifestyle they enjoy."
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