Back pain, neck pain, chronic pain—chances are, someone on your holiday list has at least one of those conditions. While your loved ones no doubt understand the benefits of nonsurgical treatments like medications and physical therapy, there’s a big market for lesser-known pain relief goods and gadgets that can make life a bit more comfortable. If you’re looking for a gift that keeps giving long after the holiday season ends, the list below offers you some ideas.*
For the Stressed and Sleep-deprived
If you have a loved one who struggles with sleeping due to their spinal pain, the Dreampad may be a slam-dunk gift. This pillow-like product sends calming music through gentle vibration. The sound encourages the body and mind to relax, which may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
For the Food Fighter
Know someone who heads toward the kitchen cabinet instead of the medicine cabinet when they’re in pain? Turmeric has gained popularity for its potential pain-relieving and inflammation-reducing properties. You can purchase turmeric in pill or tea form, or you may opt to buy it as a spice paired with some recipe cards that feature the vibrant yellow herb.
For Lovers of Form and Function
Know a friend or family member who carries their stress in their neck and shoulders? The Fishbellies neck pillow provides instant relief, and the fish-shaped corn bags come in whimsical, vibrant prints for a stylish approach to comfort. The bags can be stored in the freezer and cooled to reduce swelling, or microwaved and used as a heating bad to soothe sore muscles.
For the Multi-Tasker
Know someone who’s mastered the art of doing two things at once? They may appreciate the Sunbeam Massaging Renue Extended Back Heat Therapy Wrap, which can provide soothing heat and massage to tense neck, shoulder, and back areas. Plus, it’s larger than most back or neck wraps, covering your full back to offer maximum relief and relaxation.
For the Desk Worker
Sitting at a desk all day or for several hours without getting up and moving around is not healthy. Why not consider an adjustable desk? There are many types of sit-stand desks or standing desks that offer the user some incredible options. The potential benefits are rather clear according to a study report in the Cornell Chronicle wherein Professor Alan Hedge stated, “We found that the computer workers who had access to the adjustable work surfaces also reported significantly less musculoskeletal upper-body discomfort, lower afternoon discomfort score and significantly more productivity.”1
For the Strong Senior Citizen
Exercising can be a challenge for elderly loved ones, but it’s incredibly important to help strengthen muscles and prevent falls. Fitness@Home helps senior citizens reap the benefits of physical activity from the comfort of their own homes. This interactive exercise program can be accessed using a computer at home, and the exercises are tailored to each individual’s ability and instructed by an on-screen fitness coach.
For the Sore Spa Lover
A gift basket filled with bottles of essential oils, such as German chamomile, peppermint, geranium, marjoram, rosemary, and lavender, may help naturally reduce inflammation. The essential oils can be added to a carrier product, such as grapeseed or olive oil, or a cream or lotion. You can include “recipe” cards for blending three or four of the oils to create a custom essential oil blend. For a simple spa-like night in, add a few drops in a warm bath to relieve aches and pains.
For many people, all they want for the holidays is to reduce their chronic back or neck pain. Giving a gift that shows you care about their health and quality of life will be remembered well beyond the holiday season.
*Special notes: SpineUniverse does not endorse or offer official recommendation of any brand name products mentioned in this article.
As with any gift, it’s the thought that counts—but don’t forget to ask your loved ones to talk to their personal doctor to ensure your gift doesn’t do more harm than good (for example: turmeric can thin blood, so those on blood thinners should avoid it).