If you have ever experienced tailbone pain, then you know how significantly it can impact your daily life. When frequent tasks like standing and sitting cause you pain, it is time to seek care from your Charlotte chiropractor who can help heal your tailbone and get you comfortable and on your feet again.
Experiencing Tailbone Pain
Tailbone pain generally refers to pain in the lowest part of the spine called the coccyx, and this type of pain is more commonly experienced after an injury of some kind. Coccygodynia is the technical term for coccyx pain and it can range from a sharp, stabbing pain that occurs immediately after an injury to a dull ache or throbbing when the body is in certain positions. Some people who experience tailbone pain have also reported the pain radiating to the hips and legs, which can negatively impact the body in all positions, from lying down to standing up.
Common Reasons for Tailbone Pain
You might wonder how sitting down is a common reason for tailbone pain, but in fact, sitting for prolonged periods of time can have a significant impact on your tailbone, especially when in a chair or on a surface without much cushion or support. People who find themselves sitting at a desk all day may be more likely to develop tailbone pain.
Perhaps the most common tailbone injury is falling down stairs and landing directly on your tailbone. This can be an incredibly jarring and painful experience, with an immediate, sharp pain in the tailbone that often radiates outward. Other injuries that can result in tailbone pain include sports injuries and car accident injuries.
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Women who are pregnant can develop pain in their tailbones as the nerves surrounding the tailbone experience more pressure and stress with her changing body. The tailbone can also be injured during delivery due to the significant impact of childbirth on the body as the baby makes its way through the birth canal.
Repetitive motions while seated, such as bicycling and rowing, can put strain and pressure on the tailbone. Exercise bikes are becoming increasingly popular for a full-body workout, but it is important to make sure your tailbone and seat are properly cushioned. Straining by those who suffer from constipation and bowel problems can also lead to aggravated muscles surrounding the tailbone.
Chiropractic Care and Pain Relief
The tailbone is at the end of the spine, which houses the nervous system. When any part of the spine is injured or disrupted, pain is common. Chiropractic is a great option for those who struggle with tailbone pain for any reason because your chiropractor can help identify misalignments and bring relief. Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic uses gentle, safe, and natural techniques to remove misalignments and to help restore proper functioning to muscles and nerves surrounding the tailbone that may also be affected. Chiropractic care for tailbone pain addresses not only the tailbone itself, but also any compressed nerves and inflamed muscles. Book an appointment with Dr. Lisetor to learn more about how chiropractic can address your tailbone pain and help your body heal naturally.
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