It is no question how today’s world can degenerate our physical body. Most of us spend our time in office cubicles, sitting all day, dealing with a whole bunch of paper works needed to be done. Everything is made easy through technology, but along with these advancements is humanity’s failure to notice their overall well-being. We tend to neglect how merely sitting for long periods can affect our health.
One of the most affected parts in our body is the coccyx, also known as the tailbone. It happens when a lot of strain is put in the area due to poor posture, sitting for so long or improper form while working out. The tailbone suffers from inflammation and can cause difficulty in movement and pain.
Breath In Ease
Prevention is always better than cure. Walking after every hour of sitting can go a long way. Working out with a proper form will save you from a lot of injuries. If you are currently suffering from tailbone pain, yoga has a natural way to ease it out. Follow these easy yet effective poses to relieve coccyx pain:
1. Standing Forward Bend: This pose stretches the whole back of the legs and lengthens the spine, decompressing any strain within the pelvic region and the tailbone.
- To Do The Pose: Begin by standing with your legs together and placing the hands in prayer. Take a deep breath and suck your belly in as you extend your arms up to the sky. As you exhale, slowly fold forward by the waist, reaching for your toes. Remember to avoid rounding your back and putting any stress at the back of your knees. If you are not flexible enough to reach all the way down, just hold across your elbows. If you want to deepen the stretch, try placing your palms flat on the floor. Hold the stretch for 3-5 breaths and slowly stand back up to release.
2. Downward-Facing Dog: This yoga pose effectively releases the spine, allowing relaxation to the lower back and the pelvis. It also helps improve blood circulation within the body, boosting healing of the swollen coccyx.
- To Do The Pose: Begin in a tabletop position with the knees and the hands placed on the floor. Make sure that your hands are parallel to your shoulders and your knees are hip-width apart. Push through your shoulders and straighten your legs to create an inverted V position. Lengthen your spine with every breath and feel an invisible knot pulling your hips upwards. Avoid putting any strain on your Achilles’ heels as well as the back of your knees. Remember to keep your shoulders away from your ear and stay on this pose for 5-10 breaths.
Consult your doctor before engaging in any physical regimen. If the pain persists, stop doing the pose and take a rest. Always listen to your body and do not force any position that hurts. Flow with an open heart and enjoy your healing journey.