Tailbone injury. How your headache could’ve started as a pain in the ass.

Tailbone injury. How your headache could’ve started as a pain in the ass.

tailbone injury anatomy

tailbone injury anatomy

Tailbone injury, or coccydynia is an often forgotten cause of other intense symptoms, including

  • neck pain
  • back spasms
  • constipation
  • gynecological problems
  • headaches

My own experience resulted in chronic low back pain which plagued me for over a decade until I discovered this treatment. I usually mistakenly attributed this pain to other more recent events even though the skiing accident I had was so traumatic that I couldn’t walk normally for a full month. This painful, traumatic event’s prognosis varies depending on the patient, but can certainly be treated with success using Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of Japanese Acupuncture.

When the connective tissue surrounding the tailbone is traumatized, the filum terminale may be pulled. This strand of connective tissue is connected to the dura mater which surrounds and protects the spinal cord and brain. When this is pulled, a plethora of head, neck and back pain can result. The reproductive and elimination systems can also be affected profoundly. According to Ayurvedic Medicine, the tailbone area is the center of emotional energy which in this case translates to psychological problems that are resistant to other treatments, including depression, obsession, and restlessness.

This treatment includes gentle, painless acupuncture and moxibustion that relieves tender spots and symptoms.

Often Misdiagnosed: Plantar Fasciitis

Often Misdiagnosed: Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is a common diagnosis with a long and tedious recovery. It is more often caused by other factors, leading to a misdiagnosis of arch and heel pain. However, recovery time can be reduced to just a few short weeks. Allow me to explain…

The gastrocnemius (calf) muscle takes a lot of wear and tear and often can mimic the same symptoms as bone spurs or plantar fasciitis.  These two problems can usually be relieved in 1-3 treatments using acupuncture and massage to release trigger points in tight calf muscles.  Trigger points refer pain patterns, in this case to the bottom of the foot.

In this piece in the NYTimes, researchers are finding that there is actually no inflammation in the plantar fascia (the band of connective tissue in the arch of the foot), but there is degeneration of the tissue.  When the muscles of the lower legs are released with acupuncture and massage, this fascia under foot is given more blood flow, less tension, and the body can repair the damaged fascia.  If you’ve been diagnosed by your doctor with plantar fasciitis, acupuncture is what you really need.