Common sense therapies

John - tradur@charter.net

I have recently been troubled with tail bone pain. It started occurring after prolonged sitting in front of computer 12 hours per day, with inadequate cushioned chair which actually left my weight to be supported by cross brace underneath the seat.

I have done a lot of research and I am an analyst by trade. I have applied my research and common sense tips to offer as suggestions to those who want to do everything they can to fight back.

  1. Take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements. They are great for any joint problem, but you be consistent with them for at least 1 month.
  2. Do not sleep in fetal position. Try to keep legs straighter in order to allow you coccyx to remain straighter to allow sleep time for natural repair process to occur . If you sleep all scrunched up then how can you ever expect your coccyx to realign it self . The cause as least in my case was prolonged sitting (curling the coccyx and putting prolonged pressure on one edge of the joints, wearing it down by fatigue over time.
  3. Work standing up if possible. Any one who uses a computer for work can work standing up if they choose. You can even get extra padding for your feet and have the computer elevated. The USA has disability laws that require employers to provide any reasonable accommodation for any disability that will help you perform your job. Go to EEOC web site for details. I love to stand at the computer. I often find myself dancing around if music is on.
  4. Make or buy a C shaped cushion. You can make it out of 3 or 4 layers of carpet padding . just cut out the back so your tailbone is not touching anything. Then put a pillow case over it.
  5. Manual manipulation and massages can be helpful. Learn about it.

Maybe these things won't cure it but they wont hurt it and certainly should help. Over time ya never know, maybe it will be a cure.

This web site has been a great help to me. Thanks to all.

Supplementary note:

Having rapid improvement since I started taking G&C supplements and sleeping with a home made c shaped cushion made of 4 or 5 layers of stiff carpet padding.

I also tried to avoid sitting during this process. Sleeping on my side was making things worse so I started sleeping with my C cushion, on my back keeping legs straight. Big help for me. 80% or better improvement in first 2 days.

Updated 2005-02-27

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