Sacrum Problems

The sacroiliac joints occur where the sacrum is joined with the ilium, or top portion of the pelvis on both sides of the back. These joints bear the weight of the twists and turns of the trunk of the body.

The sacroiliac  joint can create pain when it does not sit in its housing correctly. This problem occurs in a higher rate in women than men, this is due to the increased flexibility in this area. The joint fuses in men at about 35 years old and about 50 years old for women. A few factors may vary the time of this fusion.

Description of Coccyx

The Coccyx is commonly referred to as the tailbone. It is the lowest bone on in the spine located just below the Sacrum.

Formed of four vertebrae the coccyx can sometimes have just 3 vertebrae and sometimes even five.

The Coccyx  is an important attachment for various muscles, tendons and ligaments so it is also affected by their balance, strength and flexibility.

Coccyx Pain

Names for Coccyx pain: Coccygeal pain, Coccydynia and Coccaglia.


Muscle Causes Of Coccyx Pain

Muscle spasm or tightness may cause coccyx pain. These are the obturator internus, gluteus maximus and adductor magnus

Gluteus maximus

The gluteus maximus attaches to the coccyx.  An indication that the gluteas maximus is the cause of the pain is it hurts when moving into a seated position or when raising from one. It does not hurt while sitting though.

So if your butt hurts when your muscles are in use but not when sitting then it could possibly be this large muscle.

Piriformis syndrome

Piriformis syndrome also classified as a symptomatic hip condition is a frequent cause of low back pain.

Fact: This condition is 6 times as likely to occur in woman.

Improving the flexibility of the piriformis muscle is necessary in rehabilitation.

Coccyx Pain Exercises

yoga pose Lying spinal twists are very good for the Coccyx because they help stabilize all of the gluteal muscles and deeper surrounding muscles. The gluteus maximus is attached to the coccyx as well as to other bones. You can see on the card how much it is stretched.

Half Revolved Belly Pose

If this is too hard try bending the knee of the leg that is stretched out sideways.

Sacroiliac Joint Problems

yoga posePrintable Yogacards yoga posture to help relieve back pain. All of these postures can help relieve and heal back pain.


Unilateral movements (in yoga standing on one leg) can stress the Coccyx a and Sacroiliac joint. Yoga postures such as Tree pose and Warrior 3 pose which involve balance on one leg. Deep standing yoga postures may also stress the joint but done lightly may be beneficial. If a yoga posture feels like it is causing greater pain patterns it should be avoided or at the least modified.

  Choose an exercise program that is not too intense. Slowly increase the intensity of stretches and strengthening exercises to prevent aggravation in the spine. There may be a little back pain after exercises but don't be put of.
More yoga back exercises to prevent and help back pain.

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Cat FLow

Be sensible. If your attending a yoga class don't come straight into Upward Facing Dog. Choose a light Cobra pose and protect your back. Do this throughout your practice or at least for the first 5 to 10 Sun Salutations. This is the best way to aid the healing process.

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