Are you currently suffering with some tailbone pain or even stiffness?
Located directly at the very bottom of the spine, the tailbone (which is also sometimes called the coccyx) is an important part of our body and helps to support the pelvis while also helping to maintain general body balance.
Unfortunately, though, despite the benefits that a tailbone offers – there are many ways that the tailbone can become injured or inflamed, and this can lead to discomfort, pain and difficulty carrying out general day to day activities.
This leads many people to wonder whether or not it is possible to stretch the tailbone.
If you’re currently asking yourself this question, rest assured that you have come to the right place!
One of the very best ways that you can help to relieve pain while aiding in the recovery process of your tailbone is through stretching, and in this article we are going to be providing you with a list of the best methods you can try.
From beginner friendly stretches all the way to stretches that an advanced yogi could benefit from – we’ve made sure to cover all bases. So, whenever you’re ready – just read on!
How To Stretch TailBone
As we have already briefly touched upon above, the tailbone is located at the very bottom of our spine.
For this reason, it means that the tailbone is one of the most common areas of the body to become inflamed or irritated.
Luckily enough, the good news is that there are a variety of different stretches that you will be able to try from the comfort of your own home.
Below, let’s check out some of the best ways that you can relieve tailbone pain:
This is the first way that you can relieve pain in your tailbone.
This fantastic stretch is deeply relieving and will be able to stretch the piriformis as well as the iliopsoas muscles – which are two muscles that can greatly contribute to tailbone pain.
In particular, when the piriformis muscle becomes inflamed, it can cause the sciatic nerve to become irritated and cause pain in the tailbone area.
If you’d like to try this out, all you will have to do is simply lie down on your back and then bend one knee towards your chest. Then, extend the opposite leg out as far as comfortable and hold for 30 seconds.
Hip Flexor Stretch
The iliopsoas will be relieved during this awesome stretch. If you’re not already aware of what this muscle is, it is essentially made up of two muscles including the psoas and iliacus muscles.
These muscles are responsible for helping the hips to flex which can work to relieve pain associated with the tailbone area.
By stretching your hip flexors, you will be able to relieve some of the stiffness that you might feel in the tailbone area.
If you’d like to try this stretch out, all you will need to do is kneel on the floor and then move one of your legs in front of the other.
Ideally, you’re going to want to make sure that the thigh is at a 90-degree angle to the shin, as this will ensure the best relief.
Once you have done this, you can go ahead and push your chest up into an upright position, and then place your hands on your hips. From there, tuck your pelvis under and lean into the stretch.
Kneel And Twist Stretch
Ideal for beginners or those with restricted movement, the knee and twist stretch is a simple stretch that will bring plenty of relief in the tailbone area.
If you’d like to try this stretch out, simply begin by bending one leg at a 90-degree angle directly in front of the body.
Once you have done this, extend your arms to the side and then slowly twist your torso for a deep stretch that will not only be able to relieve any stiffness and pain in the tailbone area but also any other lower back pain you might currently be experiencing.
Last but certainly not least, the final exercise that we have to share that will be able to effectively alleviate any pain that you might currently be experiencing in the tailbone area is the pigeon’s pose.
Sure to deliver deep relief, you’ll need to begin by kneeling on the ground with your hands placed on the ground for support.
From there, simply take one leg and gently curl it around the front of your body. Once you have done this, settle into the pose and gently bring your torso forward for a deep tailbone stretch.
Now that you have taken the time to read through our guide above, we hope that you are now feeling much more confident in how you will be able to go about stretching your tailbone at home safely and effectively.
However, before you go – it’s important that you remember that the exercises/stretches that we have listed above are only meant to help you relieve tailbone pain, which means that they will not be able to remedy the cause of the pain that you are experiencing currently.
For this reason, we strongly recommend that you make sure to consult with your doctor prior to starting these exercises (especially if you happen to already have some concerns or underlying health issues) as they will be able to assess you and provide you with their professional opinion of the best cause of treatment for your tailbone pain.
Plus, just like with every other type of exercise, it’s wise to make sure that you are listening to your body at all times to prevent any pain or injury.
Thank you for taking the time to read through our guide to stretching the tailbone, we hope that we have been able to help!