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Acupuncture for Tailbone Pain

Chasing the Tail: Acupuncture Relieves Tailbone Pain

Elias Lu, DTCM,

Acupuncture Physician

Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine in Tampa Bay, Florida

Coccyx Pain

Tailbone pain, also known as coccydynia, can result from trauma, childbirth, or extended periods of sitting. This discomfort tends to persist due to the limited blood circulation in the tailbone area, compounded by tension in the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

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Treating the Tailbone

Addressing coccydynia typically involves a multifaceted approach including manual therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic injections. Acupuncture emerges as a viable treatment option, targeting both local and distant points to alleviate pain and enhance blood circulation, facilitating faster healing of bone microfractures.

 

Acupuncture's Role in Pain Relief

Acupuncture effectively reduces tailbone pain by triggering the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain-relieving chemicals. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory properties help diminish swelling and inflammation in the affected area. By modulating the body's immune response, acupuncture promotes healing and mitigates symptoms associated with coccydynia. Additionally, acupuncture relaxes the pelvic floor muscles, alleviating pressure on the tailbone.

 

Traditional Acupuncture

Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture entails the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy pathways, or meridians. By restoring balance and harmony within the body, acupuncture enhances the body's natural healing mechanisms and alleviates symptoms.

 

Research and Safety

Research studies have validated acupuncture's efficacy in treating various types of pain, including lower back pain and musculoskeletal conditions. Moreover, acupuncture is generally safe and well-tolerated, with minimal side effects.

 

Acupuncture in St. Pete

At Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine, our doctors have developed a unique treatment protocol that utilizes electroacupuncture and laser therapy—a safe and potent therapeutic approach for addressing challenging areas of the body.

 

What to Expect

During your initial session, we will assess your condition and promptly administer treatment. You should experience results immediately or, at worst, by the following visit. If there is no improvement after two visits, alternative modalities should be considered.

 

Our needles are sterile, single-use, and barely perceptible. We may also incorporate laser therapy and electrostimulation to enhance the treatment experience. If you're grappling with tailbone pain, consider acupuncture as part of your treatment plan to rediscover comfort and relief.

 

Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine

Experience the Power of Touch! Visit our downtown St. Pete location or schedule a house call.

References

Lin, C. H., Wu, S. Y., Hu, W. L., Hung, C. H., Hung, Y. C., & Aurea Kuo, C. E. (2020). Laser acupuncture for refractory coccydynia after traumatic coccyx fracture: A case report. Medicine, 99(6), e18860. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000018860

 

Mabrouk, A., Alloush, A., & Foye, P. (2022). Coccyx Pain. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK563139/

Disclaimer

This article was generated with the help of an AI writing tool and should be used for informational purposes only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information provided. We recommend seeking qualified medical advice before acting upon the information presented.

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Dr. Elias Lu, DTCM is an acupuncture physician with Point of Cure Acupuncture and Electromedicine. In practice for over 25 years, he integrates traditional Chinese medicine with modern functional therapies to help people with chronic pain, trauma, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety, depression, and many other life's challenges.

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