Can Physical Therapy help tailbone pain?

Can Physical Therapy help tailbone pain?
Can Physical Therapy help tailbone pain?

Can physical therapy help tailbone pain is a common question we get as pelvic health physical therapists.

Yes, physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for tailbone pain (coccydynia).

Physical therapists are trained to assess musculoskeletal conditions and develop customized treatment plans to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and promote healing.

When it comes to coccydynia, physical therapy can help in several ways:

  1. Pain Management: Physical therapists can employ various techniques, such as manual therapy, ice or heat therapy, and modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation, to reduce pain and inflammation in the tailbone area.
  2. Strengthening Exercises: Tailbone pain can result from weakness or imbalances in the muscles around the coccyx. Physical therapists can design exercises to strengthen these muscles, providing better support to the tailbone and reducing pain.
  3. Stretching: Stretching exercises can improve the flexibility of the muscles and ligaments around the coccyx, which can relieve tension and discomfort.
  4. Postural Training: Physical therapists can help you improve your posture, especially during sitting, to reduce pressure on the tailbone.
  5. Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques like massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization can be used by physical therapists to target specific areas of discomfort and improve mobility.
  6. Education: Physical therapists can provide guidance on proper body mechanics, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications to prevent exacerbation of tailbone pain.
  7. Home Exercise Programs: They can design home exercise programs tailored to your specific needs, enabling you to continue rehabilitation and pain management outside of therapy sessions.


It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider or physical therapist before starting any exercises or treatments for tailbone pain, as the approach will depend on the cause and severity of your condition.

They can assess your situation and create a personalized treatment plan that is safe and effective for your unique circumstances.

Treatment options for coccydynia

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for those who experience coccydynia. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!