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debra2010-05-02 12:48:24 +0000 #1
Hi, I have been spinnig about three weeks and my tailbone is killing me. Any suggestions on how to modify my position to ease pain. My tailbone has always been slightly sensitive but this is so bad I am thinking of quitting. The instructor is a bit of a rookie and a bit useless.

Thanks,

Debra
Dogmama2010-05-02 13:00:10 +0000 #2
Hard to say without looking at your position on the bike. Are you wearing padded cycling shorts? Those might help. You should not be sitting directly on your tailbone. You should be leaning slightly forward.

When you do jumps, are you coming down hard on the saddle?

Make sure that your power is coming from your gluteals. Know that little part where the butt kinda sags down? Yeah, right there. That should cause you to lean forward.

That's all I can think of. There are spinning instructors on this board, however, who can help.
aicabsolut2010-05-02 13:25:48 +0000 #3
I've encountered some spin bikes that don't have a little dip in the seat for the tailbone (just straight and kind of high in the back), and so that's usually the culprit. (my position on the bike with respect to bar height etc was fine and I still had a sore tailbone on these bikes--they were Reeboks). Sit bone pain is another story. Padded shorts can help some, but some chamois pads are cut out a little in the tailbone, meaning you might still hit the hard saddle there. Finding one that's a little more nose up (as much as you can stand it) can help as can sitting almost off the back of the saddle a little. Finally, you can get a cheap gel seat cover to take to class with you. Those are pretty thick, and while it's still going to be a little high in the back maybe, it'll at least be softer. It could still take a while for the bone bruise feeling to go away though.
stacie2010-05-02 13:25:09 +0000 #4
coccyx pain can be very serious. I would stop spinning until you are pain free. I haven't seen alot of these problems from cycling other than after crashes. Do you remember injuring your tailbone in the past? If after you are completely pain free, you have a desire to try again, find someone who can set you up properly and help you with proper technique. You would have to be sitting in a really odd position to be putting pressure on your tailbone. You could have caused some damage if you were trying to climb with way too much resistance. Again, it is more likely that this came from another injury. Some women have complained of this after child birth. Damage can occur to the surrounding tissue. If pain continues, please see a doctor. I have a client who cannot sit for very long at all. He was experiencing pain and wanted to continue to work out because he was losing weight. He has now gained quite a bit of weight because he cannot do much activity at all. I don't want to be an alarmist, but I wouldn't take this lightly.
aicabsolut2010-05-02 13:42:46 +0000 #5
Take my word for it, depending on the spin bike, some of the saddles are made just WRONG (and are put on the bike at a poor angle) where even rolled forward onto your sit bones, your tailbone still gets a bit of a beating from a wierd high hump at the back of the saddle.

It's definitely not a good place to be getting bruised, but it's not necessarily her fault.
spin legs2010-05-02 13:05:39 +0000 #6
Hi, I would look into a gel seat and bike shorts.

Another poster mentioned this, did you get an injury at some time to your tail bone? The saddle might be aggrevating it and making it act up again.
SpinGranny2010-05-02 14:15:07 +0000 #7
I have tailbone pain while spinning. I bought a gel seat cover and it helps a lot, but I still have some pain.

I fell down a flight of 5 steps landing on my tailbone on each step about 30 years ago and have had pain when sitting on a hard surface and any period of time.

Without the gel seat cover I have pain that lasts up to a week , but with the gel seat cover the pain only lasts for around 10-12 hours.
Miranda2010-05-02 15:44:33 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by SpinGranny

I have tailbone pain while spinning. I bought a gel seat cover and it helps a lot, but I still have some pain.

I fell down a flight of 5 steps landing on my tailbone on each step about 30 years ago and have had pain when sitting on a hard surface and any period of time.

Without the gel seat cover I have pain that lasts up to a week , but with the gel seat cover the pain only lasts for around 10-12 hours.

I wear a light indoor cycling short, and own a triple gel pad for inside. Spin bikes are not customized like our road bikes. Meaning the saddle they give you is the one you get.

Besides what has been suggested, the other thing I would offer is to stand periodically. I've had some pain issues with my road bike, and that was a pressure relief tip.

Make sure you know how to safely stand in spin class. It took me months before it finally clicked how to make it work. The teacher finally cued the words "pelvic tilt". Lightbulb went off. It's just like finding your balance on a real bike for the first time. Once you learn it, you never forget after that.

One of the most beautiful things about spinning IMO is that "it is your ride". If you feel the need to stand, and relieve some tail bone pressure... go for it! Regardless of what the class is doing.

Hope that helps.

M

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