Taping technique to treat coccyx pain

Dr. Lila Abbate, Doctor of Physical Therapy, at New Dimensions Physical Therapy located in Manhasset, New York, has developed a technique for distracting (pulling out) and correcting the alignment of the coccyx. It is based on the Jenny McConnell technique which is commonly used for stabilizing the patella (kneecap) or shoulder joints and similar tapes like kinesiotape which was used on the 2008 Olympic athletes to prevent injury.

In this case, the McConnell tape is used; a white latex-free elastic underwrap, and a highly adhesive brown adhesive tape which creates and holds tension. The white tape is applied first to protect the skin and the brown tape is then applied to hold the joint in position. In the case of the coccyx, the tape is cut to a point as shown in the photos. The brown tape is applied while pulling upwards in an attempt to distract (pull out) the coccyx from its flexed position. An additional piece of tape (not shown) can pull the coccyx either toward the right or the left, should it be deviated or pull to one side. Generally, the tape is worn for 2 - 3 days before it overstretches and becomes ineffective.

Dr. Abbate has applied this method to a number of patients, and found that it worked on all but one who didn't like the feeling of the tape. If the tape works, she tells the patient to buy the tape, and will teach a family member to help them apply it. Over time, the muscles that are pulling the coccyx out of position stretch out and relax. The taping is used concurrently with internal and external physical therapy manual techniques that are used to change the position of the coccyx and stretch and normalize the surrounding muscles.

This PDF document discusses the McConnell kneecap taping technique and the types of tape used.

Dr Abbate's contact details are given on the list of doctors and specialists in the USA (New York).

white tape in position, brown tape being place, final configuration,

Updated 2009-01-18

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