The Sacrum

HEADS OR TAILS?

The sacrum and coccyx are unquestionably, two of our most important and vulnerable structures. Our center of gravity lies within the pelvic bowl and it is upon the sacrum that all of the mechanical movements of the body are anchored. The sacrum supports the weight of the upper body, plus any additional loads we carry. The sacrum distributes the weight [more or less evenly depending upon sacrum’s alignment] through the legs.

When the sacrum and coccyx are not in balance or appropriate in their alignment due to injury, poor sitting/standing positions or postures for example; the slightest movement of an arm, leg, head or neck is immediately felt in the low back region. This imbalance alters the mobility of the sacrum, resulting in pain, fatigue and breakdown.  Additionally, dysfunction within the pelvis and pain syndromes of the neck, trunk, upper and lower extremities can be experienced. Prolonged structural imbalance of the sacrum and coccyx, sets the stage for degenerative changes to the spinal column and potential injury to the spinal discs and nerves.

Conventional understanding and teachings about our ‘prehensile tail’ or the coccyx, is that our tailbone is a remnant left over from the evolutionary process.  Could an injury or imbalance with such a small, ‘meaningless’ and ‘insignificant’ boney structure, possibly impact the body in ways not well understood or readily identified by the medical community?  ABSOLUTELY!

Side effects from a displaced / injured tailbone range from migraine headaches, diminished foot arches, altered spinal alignment and symmetry, TMJ, pelvic pain, to name but a few.  If you are unable to sit on hard surfaces without pain in or around the region of your tailbone, you have an injured, displaced coccyx.  Once we have appropriately aligned and balanced the pelvis and sacrum, our treatment approach is a gentle, non-invasive, joint mobilization of the coccyx.  The benefits of this correction are often times immediate and can be quite profound.