Coccyx Cushions: What They Are and How They Work

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Coccyx Cushions: What They Are and How They Work

Have you fallen recently and are now experiencing pain whenever you sit down? Is your tailbone sore after spending long hours at the computer? A tailbone injury may be the cause of these symptoms. And you might benefit from a coccyx cushion.

As a general rule, coccyx cushions are seat cushion to help relieve sitting for long periods. Coccyx cushions are specially designed for individuals suffering from chronic back discomfort near their tailbone; as part of its ergonomic design, this seating aids in relieving pressure on the tailbone and other parts of the body when sitting. 

They might sound like just one more thing to buy, but the health benefits far outweigh that concern. You will find out what coccyx cushions are and how they work in this article, so you can decide whether or not you need them in your life right now! 

To grasp what coccyx cushions are and how they work, let’s first discuss the anatomy of your spine. 

Spine: A column of vertebrae in the back part of the torso (upper body). Backbones are also called vertebrae. Through the spine runs a spinal canal. This canal contains the spinal cord. Animals that have a spine are called vertebrates, while animals without one are called invertebrates. Because human beings have a spine, they are vertebrates. Intervertebral discs are separating the vertebrae in many vertebrates, including mammals.

Image of a model of a spine lying on its side

Low back (lumbar) vertebrae are located between your bottom ribs and your hips in a curve at the bottom. You have your sacrum and coccyx bone(s) at the base of your spine. Your coccyx lies at the base of your spine, at the very base of your coccygeal vertebrae. 

man with lower lumbar pain with overlapping red pain and spine graphic

The iliopsoas muscles are the muscles that support the pelvic region and help you to stand straight. If these muscles get too tight, they can cause a lot of discomfort in your back and pelvis, which is why most people who have chronic back pain or pelvic pain will try a coccyx cushion. 

Your Coccyx: What Is It?

a red highlighted coccyx on a medical model of human hips

Your coccyx is the tiny bone at the base of your spine. Sometimes referred to as the tailbone, it provides support while you are sitting or standing. Sitting down puts most of your weight on your coccyx. Due to this role, bruising or even fractures of the coccyx are common.

Coccyx Injuries: Causes 

a side profile of a red highlighted coccyx on a medical model of human hips

Injuries to the coccyx often result from long-term stress. Every day, if you sit in a chair without enough cushioning, your tailbone might become bruised. Small stress fractures can develop over time, causing pain and taking a long time to recover. 

Coccyx bruises and fractures are common injuries experienced by many people during their lifetime. Usually, tailbone injuries occur due to falls, slips in the showers, or even being pulled out of a chair while sitting down!

Coccyx Injuries: Symptoms

Your body’s pain patterns must be identified so they can be diagnosed and treated. I’ve learned from treating chronic pain patients for decades that every person experiences their symptoms differently. 

Broken coccyx symptoms include chronic stabbing or burning sensations around my tailbone area. Standing up or sitting down may worsen your discomfort, but you have options for relief!

Additionally, you may also experience more pain during certain activities. If you sit for an extended period, particularly on unpadded surfaces, the pain may be more severe.

Coccyx Cushion – What Is It?

A coccyx cushion is a specially designed seat cushion cut out in the shape of your tailbone or maybe a doughnut-shaped cushion. It helps protect you from pain while sitting, and it also can help correct any posture issues or back problems. 

A coccyx cushion has a cutout where your tailbone sits, removing all pressure from it. While recovering, this will allow you to sit without further damaging the healing area and will enable you to use a lighter dose of pain medication.

Coccyx Cushions: When to Use Them

Coccyx cushions can be used to make sitting less painful in a variety of situations. For example, if you are recovering from an injury and need to sit for long periods or plan on being seated at your desk for over an hour, you can use one. You can also use a cushioned seat if you need to watch television while lying down with some pillows underneath. If you have a long commute, you should also get one for your car.

Coccyx Cushion Buying Guide

man sitting on a wedge designed to relieve coccyx pain

You need to consider certain features when purchasing a coccyx cushion. There are many different types of coccyx cushions to take into account before making your decision. If you have back pain, it may mean that it’s best to consider when sitting, so make sure the height and angle of the seat can accommodate this. 

Choosing one with an ergonomic design will also prove beneficial as they’re made specifically with specific body shapes in mind; some even have additional spine curvature support built-in!

Make Sure That Your Coccyx Cushion Has the Following Features:

  • A cutout or notch cut out where your tailbone sits.
  • If you wish to sit cool, choose a foam with open cells (like natural latex).  
  • Gel, silicone, and polyurethane foams trap heat, which will exacerbate your coccyx pain.
  • In addition to improving posture, the seat wedge encourages your back into an upright position by pushing the pelvis forward when sitting. Sitting wedges also provide core stability, ease coccyx pain, and make it easier to work if you’re seated for a long time.
  • Make sure that the coccyx seat cover is stretchy to increase the surface are reduce nasty pressure points.

Conclusion

If you’ve been experiencing pain in your tailbone after long hours at the computer, it might be time to invest in a coccyx cushion. These cushions are designed specifically for people with back problems and can help reduce pressure on your tailbone when sitting down. For more ergonomic information about how these products work or what they look like, visit our blog today!

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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Founder

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

 

Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.

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