When someone comes to see me for Myofascial Release at my office Dynamic Myofascial Release for pain with sitting, bladder symptoms, libido issues or sacroiliac pain, I ask them if they’ve ever fallen on their tailbone or had any tailbone trauma. This would include any fracture or injury during childbirth. Usually they say yes, but note that it was many years ago and they haven’t really thought about it much. Sometimes they aren’t sure if they have had a tailbone injury or not. Often these injuries are old and occurred during childhood, so it makes sense that they would not remember. Kiddos fall a lot, so it’s hard to recall those things when we are adults.
In these clinical situations, what usually happens when I palpate the tip of their tailbone, aka the coccyx, is that they jump and say, “ouch!”
Then, I say, “Hmm” to which they reply, “But doesn’t that hurt everyone?”
My answer to that is a big “No”.
If your tailbone hurts, there has likely been some kind of trauma to the actual bone or the tissues surrounding it have been compromised. There is likely a good deal of scar tissue surrounding the tailbone, ligaments, and organs in the pelvic region as a result.
Did you know that the coccyx has connections to several tissues in the pelvis and pelvic floor. The coccyx is also connected to and has a direct effect on the dura mater which is the fascial coating that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Imagine if you will a tailbone that is pulled to one side, compressing some of the pelvic floor muscles and organs on that side and also placing uneven pressure on the dura mater. This could have an effect all the way up to the neck and head, causing uneven pressure and pulling on the whole deep fascial and nervous system. I have had a few patients tell me that their chronic headaches decreased or had gone away after releasing restrictions around the sacrum and coccyx.
Sacral mobility is something we always look at with our clients. Releasing the tissue around that area can have profound effects on the functions of the bladder, bowel, reproductive organs, headaches, and more. Now I bet you are touching your sacrum and tailbone right now to see if it hurts, right?! If so, you can schedule an appointment now right on my website, www.Dynamic-MFR.com and let's get you feeling better!