17 Nov Tailbone Pain Yoga Therapy
Tailbone pain, medically regarded as coccydynia refers to the pain in the coccyx. The coccyx is a triangle shaped undeveloped bone located at the bottom of the sacrum. The pain in tailbone radiates towards the perineal and lower sacral part of the body. While there are several treatments that may reduce the pain, tailbone pain yoga therapy seems to have promising results.
What causes the tailbone pain?
Tailbone pain can be a result of long periods of sitting or exertion. As explained by Dr, Karuna Anantharaman, a family medicine doctor at Indiana University Health, “Anyone who sits on a narrow hard surface for long periods is at a risk of developing tailbone pain”. Therefore people who have jobs that require being trapped in a seat for hours may be putting too much pressure on their tailbone.
Some of the common causes of tailbone pain are:
- A sudden force or injury, such as slipping or falling down
- Prolonged period of sitting in the same position with most of the weight on the lap
- Pregnancy in which the child’s head is positioned towards the tailbone.
- A joint damage caused by repetitive movement, or injury
– Infection or tumor in the tailbone
– Fractured or damaged bones of the coccyx.
Tailbone pain treatment with yoga:
Yoga for tailbone has shown some exciting results. According to research, yoga helps ease the symptoms of tailbone by improving blood circulation and posture problems. The Yoga Journal published in the year 2015 highlights the significance of yoga for avoiding tailbone pain. Some of its most recommended moves to alleviate this type of discomfort include the following:
- Cow stretch
Cow stretch in yoga stretches the neck and back muscles, improving blood circulation in the spinal and back area.
- Child’s Pose
This is one of the most popular yoga poses for all body muscle toning. It enhances the flow of blood around the pelvic organs, knee, ankles, and back.
The purpose of the Bridge pose is to stimulate the abdominal muscles. By keeping the spine elastic and stable, it revitalizes the coccyx. It is also healthy for the glutes and legs.
- Spinal Twist
Spinal twist poses directly helps increase the flow of blood around the spine and internal organs. By repeating this pose twice a day one can significantly reduce the symptoms of tailbone pain.
Arching and curling of the spine improve not only the pain but the overall strength of the bones. Curling yoga postures also strengthen the hamstrings and lumbar regions.
The Role of the Instructor
The tailbone or any spine-related symptoms are sensitive to deal with. This makes it important to note that yoga for the spine must be performed under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Wrong angles and postures during yoga can worsen the condition. For every individual, the tailbone treatment varies according to the condition and intensity of pain. Explain to the instructor the kind of spasms that may be experienced during the workout.