Simple Solution to Coccyx Pain
Tailbone pillows, or coccyx cushions, as they are commonly known can provide comfort and relief to individuals with back pain and those living with chronic or temporary coccyx pain. Coccyx pain can come from trauma, fractures, dislocations, and medical procedures.[1,2] Trauma can originate from childbirth, a colonoscopy or simply a fall. Even prolonged sitting in front of a computer can cause non-abrupt trauma and result in coccyx pain.
Age also plays a role in the onset of non-traumatic coccyx pain. As we age, the ligaments surrounding the coccyx degenerate and the coccyx may also become fused, causing pain while sitting.3
What is the Coccyx?
The coccyx is a bony prominence making up the end of the spine. It is often referred to as the tail bone for its resemblance to a tail. The coccyx acts as an anchor point for a number of muscles, tendons and ligaments and is comprised of several individual segments, similar to spinal vertebrae.
In combination with the ischial tuberosities (the bony prominences in our buttocks) the coccyx aids in sitting or weight bearing, completing a tripod, so-to-speak, that allows us to sit comfortably.4
What is a Coccyx Cushion?
A typical coccyx cushion is made from either foam or gel and is flat or slightly angled like a wedge. Most all cushions of this type include a cut-out in the middle, near the back of the cushion, creating the area of pressure relief around the tailbone. Cushions with the slight slope or wedge shape are designed to tilt the pelvis forward, correctly align the spine and restore natural lumbar curve.
Several sizes are available to accommodate almost anyone. The cushions are usually 16” wide by 13” deep or 18” wide by 14” deep. The sloped cushions start at about 1 ½” in thickness and increase to 3”. The non-sloped cushions are usually 3” thick.
Some coccyx cushions are offered in different densities or hardness. Based on your weight, you would choose the cushion density that provides the best support. Someone heavier, say over 200 lbs. would want to choose a denser foam, ensuring that the cushion does not completely compress under their weight. On the other hand, someone weighing 120 lbs. would find the dense foam too hard and should select a softer foam.
What is memory foam?
Originally developed by NASA and used on space shuttles to relieve pressure on astronauts caused by G-Forces during take-off, Visco-elastic memory foam is now found in household mattresses and wheelchair cushions. Because it is significantly denser than regular polyurethane foam and contains temperature sensitivity properties, it always recovers to its original shape. It has earned the name “slow-recovery foam” (see picture) for its ability to slowly return to its original shape. Since it has the amazing ability to relieve pressure, memory foam can now be found in products such as pillows, toppers, wedges, supports, mattresses and more, benefiting millions of consumers worldwide.
Features to look for when choosing a coccyx cushion:
- Price – Most are inexpensive, around $40
- Maintenance – Look a cushion with a washable cover
- Travel – Many include a convenient strap for travel
- Material – Memory foam is the most popular material
- Weight – Most are lightweight, weighing 3 ½ lbs.
Top 3 Coccyx Cushions
Comes in 18″ wide x 16″ deep and 3″ high. Features a gel center section surrounded by comfortable foam.
What do customers have to say about this Gel and Foam Coccyx Cushion?
My husband has a deteriorating spine and chronic pain. He said this cushion helps a lot! He used it on our trip to Texas from PA and said it really made the trip more comfortable. Then he forgot to bring it on a shorter trip and regretted it. He also uses it when he sits at his computer. Some folks might not like how thick it is but that’s one of the things my husband likes about it, adding to his comfort.
by Chris the artist from Allentown, PA
This seat cushion is very well made and is solid as it doesn’t lose its support with all day use. I use it at home, even in bed, as well as in our vehicle. It’s a lifesaver for extended travel.
by Pamelina from Winnemucca, NV
Simple and sturdy – Comes in the following sizes and material density:
Standard, Extra Soft and Extra Firm – 16” x 13”
Standard and Extra Firm – 18” x 14”
It’s constructed of Visco Memory Foam and includes a washable and replaceable cover with built-in strap.
What do customers have to say about this Coccyx Cushion?
I use this cushion daily while on the computer & watching TV. My lower back pain and morning stiffness have been reduced significantly.
by Tubes from San Diego, CA
I had this cushion ordered for me for use at work. Since I sit most of the time, this cushion replaced a previous one that had worn out and deformed. This new cushion is made using superior memory foam and was very comfortable. I was not in any pain but I liked the coccyx relief design so that I would not have any future problems. I plan on getting another[r] cushion for home use.
by Jay-Par from Portland, Oregon
A great economical cushion, and about the only one available in Beige. Comes in one size, 15” wide x 14” deep with slope from 1 ½” to 3”.
What do customers say about this coccyx cushion?
So far i really like this product. Having had spinal surgery recently, this pillow is very comforting. I use it at home on hard chairs and while in school on those hard plastic chairs. It helps immensely. Its light enough to carry with me too.
by J the student from staten island, ny
Easy to use. I can take it into the car with me. Keeps my tailbone from fatigue and stiffness.
by Cat Lady from St. Paul, MN
Allegro Medical customers say it best, a coccyx cushion can help alleviate back and tailbone pain. If sitting is uncomfortable for you, a coccyx cushion might be your best solution.
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