Tailbone Pain Exercises & Coccyx Injury ExercisesMar 11, 2023
What can I do about Tailbone Pain?
The tailbone or coccyx is a non-functional tail in the human body. It is located at the bottom of the spine and is one of the attachment points for the pelvic floor muscles. Tension in the pelvic floor, childbirth, falls on the tailbone, and even sitting posture can all contribute to tailbone pain. A sore tailbone is also known as coccydynia.
So, how does this coccydynia thing happen?
It can happen for a multitude of reasons. Anything that can contribute to tension in the pelvic floor muscles or disruption to the surrounding ligaments can lead to pain in the tailbone. Snowboarders, horseback riders, gymnasts and other activities with high fall rates on the buttocks can injure the surrounding tissues. If you do a lot of cycling or motorbiking, that could also be a contributor. Even something such as sitting that seems benign can lead to pain and discomfort, especially if you are sitting for prolonged periods on hard surfaces and especially sitting with a tucked tailbone.
The lithotomy position remains the most common birth position, and it restricts the movement of the SI Joint and tailbone, which can sometimes lead to injury. Tailbone pain is also frequent after childbirth, sometimes as a result of the hormone relaxin, which makes the pelvic ligaments looser and flexible for the baby's growth but pain may also be a result of the birth itself. The loosening of the ligaments gradually causes tighter contraction of the pelvic muscles. These muscles are connected to the tailbone and can lead to a tight tailbone muscle or sore tailbone.
So, what can you do about tailbone pain?
A great place to start is to see a pelvic floor physical therapist. If you don't have access to this type of practitioner, some stretches may help you soothe the tailbone pain or muscle tension. But, do these slowly and pay attention to any symptoms or messages your body may send you asking you to change or stop. Below we are going to discuss four such exercises that you can try.
Wide-Leg Child’s Pose
This exercise helps to stimulate the blood flow to the pelvic organs and can add a nice gentle stretch to the pelvic floor muscles. It helps stretch the back and allows the nervous system to relax and reset.
- Kneel on your yoga mat and allow the knees to sit wide, closer to the edges.
- Stretch your arms forward so that the palms are resting on the ground.
- Rest your forehead on the ground and breathe deeply.
Side Angle Pose
This exercise stretches the entire spine and tailbone. It allows better blood flow to the joints.
- Step the right foot forward and bend the front knee in line with the hip.
- Set your left leg a few feet behind and keep it straight and at an angle with the ground. The front foot should be straightened with the arc of the back foot.
- Inhale and make your right hand straight and touch the ground with the palm while bringing the left arm up and parallel to the ground. You can also place a bolster or block next to your front foot to rest your hand on.
- You can further stimulate the posture by stretching the left arm further but making sure you stretch it until it is comfortable and not painful.
Sun Bird Pose
This exercise is relatively simple but very effective. It helps to strengthen the back while stabilizing the tailbone and spine simultaneously.
- Sit with your knees on the ground underneath the hips and wrists underneath the shoulder.
- Inhale and extend the right leg behind you and the left arm in front of you.
- Exhale and bring the right leg towards the forehead and touch the elbow.
- Before switching to the other side, do it five times continuously.
Kegel exercise helps strengthen the pelvic muscle, which can help to release tailbone tension. Taking the pelvic floor through the range of motion of the contract, lift, and release can help optimize function. You can do this pelvic floor muscle training anytime but do them correctly to get the best results.
- Try kneeling on a mat or sitting on a stability ball.
- Inhale and visualize your pelvic floor muscles expanding or blossoming open.
- Exhale and imagine picking up a blueberry with your vagina and your anus. You can also visualize the tailbone and pubic joint and the two sitz bones all gathering together.
- When tension is present, spending more time focusing on the inhales and the release may be helpful. Do five inhales and release for every one contract and lift.
You can also try other Kegel exercise methods to get a better result and ease your tailbone pain. Whichever exercises you choose, do them correctly to avoid any adverse effects on your tailbone muscle.
These exercises will help you to get better, balanced, and stable health. For more information on exercises to help you release tension and find ease in your pelvis, check out my Buff Muff App.
The Buff Muff App
The Buff Muff App will teach you how to activate your pelvic floor appropriately and then add it to movement. I recommend starting with the 28-Day Buff Muff Challenge. The challenge begins on the 1st of each month. You get immediate access to education and a foundation exercise. Then on the 1st of the month, you will get a daily workout for 28 days that includes five exercises/day (with video to watch) and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Staying consistent will ensure your success!
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