Nobody enjoys sitting in an office chair all day. However, it is an unfortunate reality for many people.
If you’re going to be sitting all day, you should at least make sure that you’re comfortable. Sitting in a strained position for extended periods of time can cause your pain to worsen.
Luckily, surgery is rarely needed for this kind of pain. For most people, you can treat your butt pain from the comfort of your own home.
If you want to learn how to sit comfortably with butt pain, you’ve come to the right place! Continue reading below for more information!
What Causes Buttocks Pain?
Before we talk about how to address your butt pain, you need to understand the cause of your pain. Having a firm understanding of your butt pain will allow you to prevent it in the future.
The most common reason that people experience pain in the buttocks is poor posture. Sitting in an awkward position puts immense pressure on your butt, which can lead to bruising. Sitting in a hard chair can also cause bruising.
You may also have butt pain if you have sciatica. The sciatic nerve can be hurt if compressed or obstructed.
This nerve travels from the lower spine to the knees, which causes pain and numbness in the whole lower half of the body. This condition will typically resolve itself in 4-6 weeks, but it could take longer.
It is also possible you have piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle, located in the buttocks, extends outwards from the bottom of the spine to the top of the thigh. When this muscle becomes irritated or compresses on the sciatic nerve, the buttocks, legs, and thighs are affected.
If your butt pain is severe, you may have coccydynia. If the tailbone, also known as the coccyx, is hurt or irritated, you may experience pain while sitting. This condition is usually caused by poor posture or excessive sitting.
Don’t Sit For Too Long
By far, the best way to relieve butt pain is to limit the amount of time you spend sitting. Obviously, if your job requires you to sit all day, this can be difficult to do.
However, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Take a break from sitting every half hour or so and get in a good stretch. Let your buttocks breathe. Walk around if possible.
You may also want to invest in a standing desk. Standing desks allow you to alternate between sitting and standing as you work. However, they are pretty expensive and some workplaces don’t allow them.
Sit On a Seat Cushion
One way to increase your level of comfort while sitting is to use a seat cushion. Without a cushion, your buttocks are pressed against a hard surface. If this surface is plastic or mesh, it can hurt your buttocks a lot.
Seat cushions are very affordable. If you don’t have the money to buy an ergonomic chair, a seat cushion is a great place to start.
There are many different types of cushions: flat cushions, cushions with coccyx cutouts, and wedge cushions designed to relieve butt pain.
Wedge cushions raise your hips to provide relief from tight hips, while coccyx cushions soften the pressure that’s put on your coccyx. You can also get a cushion made from memory foam, that conforms to your body.
Besides sitting less, you should also try to exercise and stretch more.
Not everyone has time to hit the gym every day. Yet, your body can greatly benefit from small changes to your habits.
For instance, if you normally take an elevator up to your apartment, try taking the stairs next time. Maybe start taking a stroll around the block after dinner.
The more active you are, the more tolerable your pain will be. Furthermore, staying active will decrease your risk of developing chronic pain in other areas of your body.
Use Hot and Cold Packs
Applying hot and cold packs to your buttocks provides instant relief. At the end of a long day, this is the perfect remedy for your discomfort.
Ideally, you should use both a heating pack and an ice pack in the same session. Start out with heat. This will open up your blood vessels and ease your butt pain.
Then, after about 10-15 minutes, switch to the cold pack. This will help reduce swelling, pain, and inflammation. For the best results, ice your buttocks three times a day.
The best heating packs are ones that are powered electrically, as they heat up quickly and don’t require a microwave.
Published by Jacob Maslow