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Hurt to Sit? Maybe It's Time For a Chiropractor

By Genevieve Cunningham

We are definitely a sitting society. As technology grows, our activity levels continue to decline. And with that decline in activity also comes a significant rise in sitting. In a lot of situations, we can't really help it. We have to sit at work and in the car and in various other situations. But what happens when the actual act of sitting causes pain? What happens when your tailbone just can't take the pressure? If you suffer from surprisingly common pain in the tailbone, take a look at how you can find relief. 

What is Tailbone Pain?

Tailbone pain, officially called coccydynia, is a pain that radiates from the lowest portion of the spine -- the tailbone. The intensity of the condition can vary widely. Some only notice it on occasion, while others can barely sit without excruciating pain. The pain is most noticeable when sitting, but may also be noticed when standing, moving, or even lying down. 

What Causes It?

Pain in the tailbone can be caused by various factors. For some, it's an obvious injury that creates pain in this area of the body. For others, it may be prolonged sitting or a bruise that creates the discomfort. Some instances are caused by general aging and deterioration of the body and joints. Still others remain completely unaware as to the cause of their pain. It simply shows up one day, and the only thought of the sufferer is how to find relief.

Typical Treatments

Finding relief for pain in the tailbone is tough! Why? Because we have to use it all day every day. Some people carry a pillow designed specifically to relieve pressure when sitting. Other people may use a combination of heat and ice -- depending on the cause of their pain -- to relieve the symptoms. Some turn to massage, and others turn to pain medications of varying strengths. But research suggests that one of the most effective ways for many to manage pain in the tailbone is to see a chiropractor on a regular basis. 

Why You Should See a Chiropractor

Chiropractors can adjust the spine to alleviate many pains, tailbone pain among them. These adjustments are completed using gentle manipulation, which means the chiropractor will adjust the body using their hands. It's a gentle procedure that can create positive changes in the spine -- as well as the body as a whole. Those who suffer from consistent tailbone pain may find that regular adjustments keep pressure away from the tailbone and ease the pain to allow for better comfort in everyday life.

If you suffer from this type of pain, you already know how frustrating it can be! If you would like to try chiropractic care in order to ease the discomfort, visit The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easy. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get high quality, low stress care! Pain in the tailbone doesn't get much attention, but sufferers definitely need relief. Get rid of the pain and a boost in health beginning with a stop at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Point Loma, Calif.

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