The Best Coccyx Cushions for Tailbone Pain (coccydynia)

Coccyx Cushions can help relieve symptoms of coccydynia (tailbone pain). There is a bewildering choice of square or wedge-shaped cushions to be found online, many claiming to be the best coccyx cushion ever invented. Most, however, have a tendency to move about annoyingly whenever you change position. The Triple-C coccyx cushion helps solve this ‘slip-away’ problem. It is a traditional coccyx cushion with a built-on back support. Since it was designed in 1995, thousands of grateful users have enjoyed its unique solution to coccyx pain relief.

A coccyx ‘floating in space’….

The Triple-C Coccyx Comfort Cushion alleviates pressure at the base of the spine by supporting everywhere else but the painful or at-risk coccyx and sacral area. Thoughtfully-placed cut-outs at the back of the square seat cushion and the base of the built-on back support provide a double cutaway area which allows the tailbone to ‘float in space’. The thighs, lumbar area, pelvis and mid-back canal rest snugly in place allowing the bony coccyx to be suspended well away from a seating surface or the back of a chair here.

Inside the Triple-C Coccys Comfort Cushion is reversible and comes as standard in a grey jersey cover.

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Good PostureTry and picture your coccyx or tailbone as a retractable landing wheel on a big jet airliner. If you sit on a low, soft and deep lounge chair or sofa, all bunched up with your knees higher than your hips or you lean back on an office chair and push your coccyx towards the front edge of the seat cushion instead of towards the back, you will end up pivoting on your coccyx; it will be in the 'down' or landing position, always rocking on the surface of your chair (leather-covered furniture and car seats are probably the worst of all for this). However, if you try to sit more upright, remembering to rotate the top of your pelvis or hips 'forward' (tummy out), your coccyx will feel as if it has retracted upwards into your body; just like the wheels go up inside an aeroplane after take-off. Some clear pictures to illustrate good and bad sitting positions can be seen in Postures: the book of the back, by Anne-LiseGotsche - 2007. ISBN-1409222136.

So, in a nutshell, it is usually helpful to encourage your coccyx to 'retract' inside your body by sitting in a position which avoids grinding it onto a seating surface all the time. Most small portable back rests can help you do this. Take a look at these pictures to see what is meant.

Hints and tips for buying coccyx cushions

You get what you pay for. Cheap cushions will probably be made of poor quality, low-grade foam which won't last long. A full U-shape cut out in a cheap cushion will splay and flatten once you sit on it, leaving your tailbone very close to any surface beneath the cushion. To overcome this, look out for seat wedges with a coccyx recess, not a full cut-out. For a good quality example click here to see the Car Comfort Combo seat wedge with a recess shape in the foam.

A coccyx recess still provides plenty of room for your coccyx and the cushion looks much nicer (far less medical) if you need to take it places.