Internal adjustment and dry needling for tailbone pain

Catherine, USA and UK

Posted 2019-09-22

About nine months ago I woke up with the worst pain I'd ever experienced in my life. I saw specialist after specialist, had MRIs, Xrays, PET scans, and CT scans but everything appeared "normal". I'm in graduate school and would just sit in class crying every day because my tailbone hurt so badly.

After lots and lots of research on the internet I decided that I needed an internal adjustment. I ended up going to Dr. Julia Zaitsev at Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation in Berkeley, CA (now moved to Nevada, see Doctors and specialists in the USA, Nevada). I thought that one internal adjustment would be enough but that wasn't the case. The people at Pelvic Health explained to me that constipation and straining while going to the bathroom was most likely the culprit of my pain. I immediately bought and squatty potty (AMAZING) and saw a GI doctor who prescribed me Miralax to help with the constipation. I have continued to go to Pelvic Health and Rehab once a week and things are slowly starting to get better. They do the internal work and then I have stretches that I do at home. I've gone from crying every day to being able to sit for an hour without severe pain.

On top of the pelvic floor rehab I have also begun seeing an acupuncturist and a cranial sacral person. I believe that all of these things together are helping me greatly. The acupuncturist that I see is named Jen Ross and she is located in Oakland (see Doctors and specialists in the USA, California). She does dry needling which is pretty uncomfortable but quite effective in getting tense muscles to relax. The cranial sacral person I see is named Joe Hayama and he is in Albany.

I also wanted to shout out Ming Chen in Edinburgh, Scotland (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, Edinburgh). I used to live in Edinburgh and saw Ming for a variety of ailments. In August, I visited and made an appointment with Ming. She did an incredibly intense and painful dry needling acupuncture session with me but I felt relief immediately after. After that session I was completely pain free FOR TWO WEEKS. This was miraculous to me as I hadn't been completely pain free for eight months at that point. If you live near Edinburgh, I highly recommend that you make an appointment with her.

Note from Jon Miles:

I emailed more than a year after this story was posted, to ask for an update, as the long-term outcome of treatment is of great interest. In this case I did not get a reply.

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