Acupuncture for Tailbone Pain
When you have tailbone pain when sitting, you’ll do just about anything to find a way to heal it. A tailbone injury can last a long time, and can be a very frustrating experience for those who experience it. When you have pain in the tailbone region – it’s hard for people to understand when you can walk just fine – but sitting brings pain. Standing up can be excruciating.
One of the methods of healing you may want to try is acupuncture. Acupuncture for tailbone injuries is a method I’ve been working with. It is one of the methods that is truly making a difference. If you’ve read my story on the “about me” section – you’ll see I’ve worked with many methods, and have had a tailbone injury for the last year.
I’m including what I’ve learned and what I’ve tried over the last year, in hopes that the information will help others suffering with a tailbone injury.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that uses small needles that are inserted into meridians (special spots in our body) and help bring circulation, healing, helps release you own bodies chemicals to help speed the healing process. Some people say that it helps the flow of energy. If you’d like a more official description, you can check here.
What happens during an acupuncture appointment?
I can only share with you what I’ve experienced, as all practitioners may or may not do certain portions of what I’ve experienced. My acupuncturist came recommended to me from my massage therapist who also uses her. She’s had success with back pain treatments, and told me that I should go visit this particular doctor. I’m so glad I did!
On your first visit, you will consult with the doctor. This is a good time to ask any questions if you have any hesitations, are curious how it works, how long the session will be, the cost of future visits and how many visits they think you will need.
When you start your session, very fine needles are inserted into your skin. I know the idea of needles frightens many people. These needs are very, very tiny. They are not like the needle you get when a nurse takes blood. When the needles are inserted, it feels like somebody is flicking you with their finger. There is no pain – just a small flick.
Once the needles are inserted, they may be moved around a tiny bit to stimulate the meridian point. For myself, out of all the needles that are moved around, only one stings the tiniest bit. Not like “OUCH!” more like “ew”. It only lasts a second or two.
In my circumstance they attach a small electric current to the needles, and you feel a pulsating, tingling sensation in the muscle below where the needles are place. It does not hurt, and they set it to your personal comfort level. This helps stimulate the muscles and meridian points. In my case, they are left on for 20 mins. It is very soothing to lay there for 20 mins with this sensation.
When the 20 minute period is over, somebody comes in to remove the needles, and they they put something on where the needles were inserted. This does not hurt.
Next they do massage on the area that they are focusing on. I don’t know if every place does this, but where I go does. They do a very deep, intensely focused massage on the particular area that is bothering you.
I’ve found the combination of all three has been beneficial to me. It’s helped unlock some of the pain that has plagued me for the last year. It has touched the area much more than other methods I have tried.
I can not guarantee this will work for you, as we’re all different, but I wanted to share my experience with you so you know what to expect, as well as how long a session is, and other details.
Would I recommend Acupuncture? I would recommend that if you have tried other methods that haven’t worked for you, acupuncture may help you. I’m wishing I’d tried it sooner myself. Will I find complete relief? I don’t know yet – but there’s been enough progress, that I’m hopeful.
UPDATE: After 10 acupuncture treatments (the last two included fire cupping as well) – I’m pleased to say that 90% of my tailbone pain has been relieved. I have some issues after sitting for a very long time, but otherwise I’m doing much better! You can’t imagine how happy this makes me after an entire year of pain.
** DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. This is not medical advice. I have suffered with a tailbone injury for the last year, and I am sharing what has and what hasn’t helped me. It is showing one person’s perspective while trying to heal. As always, consult with your doctor.