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A tailbone pushed forward can pull on the spinal cord, causing tension at the base of the skull

If you experience chronic headaches and are currently sitting, the answer to your problem may be directly underneath you – your tailbone.

Although you may never have thought of your tailbone and skull as connected, they are in fact united by the dura. The dura is the thick collagenous covering of the spinal cord that runs from the base of the skull all the way down to the tailbone. When a person experiences a serious trauma (such as a car accident or fall), the tailbone can be pushed forward or to one side. When it is out of its correct position, the tailbone can pull on the dura, creating tightness at the base of the skull and recurrent headaches.

Years ago, Belinda and Larry Wurn treated a patient, Michael, who was in a serious construction accident. When Michael came for treatment, he experienced chronic pain throughout his body, walked with a severe limp, and had minimal function of his hands. The Wurns enabled Michael to walk properly, regain full use of his hands, and break free from the constant pain throughout his body. However, Michael still experienced severe headaches daily.

Determined to help, the Wurns paid special attention to the tissues around Michael’s head. While tractioning his head, Larry noticed an “anchoring sensation.” Larry explained, “It felt like the tissues of his neck and at the base of his skull were anchored much further down.” After discussing his findings with Belinda, they decided to treat Michael’s tailbone. After treatment, Michael never experienced headaches again.

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