Category Archives: Pain Relief

Coccydynia Cushions

Coccydynia can occur due to several reasons. Some of these reasons are coccyx fracture,  dislocation, injuries during pregnancy or at child birth. The pain involved in this condition is severe and can be annoying for the person living with it. Sitting becomes a very demanding activity for those with coccydynia.

There are several ways to cope with this situation. One such way is making use of coccyx cushions. These are medical cushions that can be used to help a person with coccydynia sit comfortably.  You can find several different forms of coccyx pillows in the market. Each form of coccyx cushion is designed differently, helping in its own individual way. You can find a coccydynia cushion, available in form of a donut cushion, a coccyx seat cushion or an invalid ring cushion.

Donut cushions have a hole in the center so that the tailbone is unable to come into contact with the flat hard surface. Another type of cushions are the wedge cushions. These have a wedge or a triangular cut-out on one side of the seat. The cushion can be placed in a way that the wedge is at the back. This way, the cushion will support your buttocks and prevent the tailbone from touching the sitting surface. This support prevents your body pressure from weighing down the tailbone. Instead, it is distributed on the two buttocks.

Some of the coccyx cushions are inflatable and enable users to easily deflate and pack them. This makes storing of these cushions simpler. You can also take the coccyx cushions along with you if you are travelling.

You may use any pillow you like if you experience soreness and pain in the tailbone. The main criteria while purchasing these pillows  should be comfort. You should be extremely comfortable when sitting on the pillow. This will effectively reduce and relieve your pain.

Donut Cushion for the Tailbone

Tailbone or coccyx pain can occur due to several different reasons. Tailbone fractures, dislocations, injuries from pregnancy or child birth and sports are a few of the several things that can contribute to a person suffering from tailbone pain, which is often very severe in intensity. It is not necessary that a person may have to undergo a trauma in order to experience this condition. At times, the reason for tailbone pain or discomfort cannot be diagnosed.

You can avoid experiencing tailbone pain or irritation through some home remedies. They often include avoiding sitting down for long duration of time, sitting while leaning forward or taking a side, applying ice to affected area if undergone a trauma and consuming food that is high in fiber content in order to avoid constipation. Another such home remedy is to make use of various tailbone cushions while sitting, for example, a donut cushion.

Donut Cushion for the TailboneA donut cushion is a circular tailbone cushion that has a hole in its center. It’s designed as a donut, thus given a name, donut cushion. The hole in the center prevents your tailbone from having direct contact with the flat surface that you are sitting on.

By using it, you exert no or minimum amount of pressure on your tailbone and do not experience severe pain or irritation. You maximum body weight is distributed over the parts that are in contact the pillow’s surface and least pressure is exerted on your tailbone, which is situated in the center.

Besides donut cushion, other varieties of tailbone pillow, such as invalid ring cushion and coccyx seat cushion, are also used by people who are suffering from tailbone related medical conditions. By searching the net for a good and reputable online medical store, you can easily find appropriate tailbone cushion for yourself that is right for you.

Cervical Traction Devices

Have you ever experienced severe neck pains and find it hard to look for something to relieve you of throbbing soreness and tenderness?

Neck traction devices also known as a cervical traction unit has been widely used to relieve all sorts of neck pain brought about by the following reasons:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Disc bulge
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Neck muscle spasms
  • Sudden pain experienced in the upper extremity
  • Feeling of tightness in the neck
  • Disc herniation

Although all types of neck traction units are proven to provide relief to the above mentioned ailments there are actually two types of cervical traction devices: the inline device and the other type which requires a door.

Cervical Traction Device

Over The Door Traction Unit

Over the Door Neck Traction Device

The unit which still needs a door when installed is the over door cervical traction device wherein the patient rests his head on a sling while the whole apparatus is hung on one side of the door.

This is the old type wherein there are attached weights usually in the form of water bags to add up to 20 pounds of tension. Although it is not commonly used nowadays as it was before, the over the door neck traction device still provides relief to neck pains when used. This type of traction is not advised for people who experience jaw pain since the sling might only worsen the pain in the jaw.

Pronex Cervical Traction Components

Pronex Inline Cervical Traction

Home Cervical Traction Devices

There are also other types of cervical traction machines, the more common ones you see in the super markets, online, or on the TV shopping channel. These are the home cervical traction devices that can be used at home as you sit and watch your favorite TV show, read your favorite book, or lie down in bed.

These cervical traction devices either rests behind the neck or is wrapped around the neck connected to a pump to provide pressure and tension to the neck. They relieve the tension out and is easy to use at home or at the office.