Many don’t realize how much they rely on using their tailbone until they injure it. The tailbone or Coccyx is located around the buttocks, pelvis, hips, lower back, and upper thigh. We sit on our tailbones all day. From working in an office or desk chair, sitting in the car or on the bus during our morning commute, to sitting at the kitchen table or sofa, we use our tailbones constantly.
If you injure your tailbone, it can not only cause serious pain or discomfort when left untreated, but it can also be annoying to figure out how to go about your normal day. Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can prevent pain in your tailbone and manage pain in this area.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about taking care of your tailbone and how to help tailbone pain.
1. Medical Treatment
Sometimes, tailbone pain occurs because of chronic pain or injury. If this is the case, it’s a good idea to see a medical professional about your pain. They will be able to address the underlying cause, help you heal, and give you medication that can help manage your pain.
There are many ways the tailbone can become injured. For instance, if you fall or experience sports or exercise-related injury or strain, you may feel pain or discomfort in your tailbone. Pain can also be caused by sitting too long, obesity, excessive pressure on the coccyx, infection, or even childbirth.
Medical treatment for tailbone pain or injury may include a variety of options depending on what type of injury you have. For instance, if your tailbone injury involves a fracture, break, bruise, or dislocation, you’ll likely receive physical therapy and orthopedic care as well as medication for the pain. If you have an infection, tumors, or an abscess causing your tailbone pain, you’ll likely receive different treatment and medication.
2. Over the Counter Management
In the event that injury or infection is not the cause of your tailbone pain, you’ll likely be able to use over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage your pain. For instance, if you have a bruised tailbone or experience pain from sitting down too long, using over-the-counter pain relievers can help ease some of the pain.
3. Stretching and Yoga
Stretching and yoga are helpful tools for certain types of tailbone pain. If you feel pain, discomfort, or tension in your tailbone, you may also feel it in your hips, lower back, and thighs. If this is the case, stretching and yoga may be able to help.
Stretch your hips, legs, buttocks, and pelvic area to promote comfort. You can also try yoga poses that can help relieve pressure and discomfort for your tailbone.
4. Avoid Sitting
Whether you have a tailbone injury, bruise, or simple discomfort from sitting down too long, it’s important to avoid sitting. Sitting can put added pressure on your tailbone, making the pain or injury much worse. Instead, stand or lay on your stomach or side when possible.
5. Use a Seat Cushion
If you must sit, consider using a seat cushion. Using a proper seat cushion to support your tailbone can help minimize pain, relieve discomfort, and support healing for your coccyx. Tailbone seat cushions are often referred to as donuts because they have a cutout in the middle for your tailbone to relax in. This takes the pressure off your tailbone while still allowing you to sit down!
Memory foam is known mostly for comfort while sleeping, but did you know it can be used as a way to relieve tailbone pain, too? Our seat cushion is designed with memory foam that helps cradle your body, relieve pressure on your coccyx, and support healing.
Our seat cushion is essential to promote healing and comfort for any tailbone injuries because of its ergonomic, orthopedic design. The cut out in the center is perfectly designed for the tailbone to rest without having to hold your body’s pressure when sitting. Plus, you can continue working at your desk, eating at the dinner table, or driving!
The cooling gel infused in our seat cushion helps keep you cool throughout the day, even if you stay seated for longer periods of time. This gel responds to body heat and works together with memory foam and the ergonomic design of our orthopedic seat cushion to promote comfort.