Coccydynia, childbirth and pain relief

Gill -

My name is Gill and have had coccydynia for nine years, after a car accident. I have two children aged 7 and 4; my first child being of normal delivery which worsened the pain unimaginably.

In all the years of pain I have tried cortisone injections, ultrasound, all forms of oral medication, acupuncture, all to no avail.

All but one of the specialists told me the same thing, saying go away and live with the pain, only one specialist was prepared to try coccyx removal although there were many risks involved. Having thought it over carefully I decided against removal.

Being pregnant with a second child made the problem worsen. Having spoken to all concerned with child birth, it was recommended that I should have a planned caesarean due to my problem. I suspect not a lot of women with this problem realise that when giving birth naturally the coccyx moves to allow for the birth causing more pain than is necessary, having a caesarean proved to be a better choice than a normal delivery.

Four years down the line with the never ending pain, when walking, standing for long periods, lying on my back and stomach, driving all this effects every day things that people take for granted, I finally stumbled across something called 'The Bowen Technique', used by my local 'Physical Therapist'.

This involves sessions of 'resetting the body to heal itself', sounds ridiculous; but believe me it has had some effects; more than any other treatment so far; although it is still in the early stages, I can now find some relief from my coccyx, hip and buttocks, especially when this treatment does not involve any manipulation, instead consists of using various other parts of the body without any pain involved in or around the coccyx.

If there is any body who has tried or heard of this technique, I would like to hear from you and of your results.

Yours Gill,

North West (UK)

Note from Jon Miles:

A UK Bowen Technique site says this method is not massage, but:

The work consists of a series of gently rolling connective tissue moves, using a light touch and may be done through clothing. There are frequent important pauses between these moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set. By combining moves, both in placement and in combination, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole or target a specific problem. A unique tool of the Bowen practitioner is "tissue tension sense," meaning the practitioner is able to discern stress buildup in muscle groups and then utilize Bowen moves to release that stress.

Updated 2000-02-06

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