Pelvic floor physical therapy (PT) can be an effective treatment option for tailbone pain, also known as coccydynia. Pelvic floor PT focuses on strengthening and relaxing the muscles of the pelvic floor, including those that attach to the tailbone. Here are some ways that pelvic floor PT can help with tailbone pain:
Stretching and relaxation exercises: Your pelvic floor PT may teach you stretching and relaxation exercises to help release tension in the muscles around your tailbone.
Strengthening exercises: Strengthening the muscles around the tailbone can help support the area and reduce pain. Your pelvic floor PT may teach you exercises that target the muscles of the pelvic floor, lower back, and hips.
Manual therapy: Your pelvic floor PT may use hands-on techniques to gently manipulate the muscles and soft tissues around the tailbone, helping to reduce pain and improve mobility.
Postural education: Poor posture can contribute to tailbone pain, so your pelvic floor PT may teach you proper sitting and standing posture to reduce stress on the tailbone.
Biofeedback: Biofeedback is a technique that uses sensors to help you become more aware of your body's responses. Your pelvic floor PT may use biofeedback to help you learn how to relax and contract the muscles around your tailbone more effectively.