Struggling to think of what to buy your loved one this holiday season? If they suffer from back pain one of these gifts could change their life.
Now I know what you may be thinking.
Getting someone a gift for their back pain sounds pretty uninspiring right?
I mean we all hate getting practical gifts.
I've lost count of the amount of times I've excitedly unwrapped presents on Christmas mornings and birthdays only to find socks, pyjamas and toiletries inside.
Your heart sinks a little (especially when the toiletries are not even ones you use and you haven't worn pyjamas since 9th grade!).
Now that sounds pretty ungrateful of me (I really do appreciate the gesture) but it's just some things are not meant to be given as gifts.
And you may well be thinking that back pain products fall into that bracket too.
However I want to offer up a few reasons why this is not the case and hopefully get you to change your mind.
Because getting someone a gift for their back pain could be one of the most thoughtful and helpful gifts you could possibly get for them.
Back Pain Products Make Better Gifts Than Socks!
Ok I'll stop with the sock-bashing now as we all use them everyday and they are pretty handy to say the least!
But I want to make the distinction between practical gifts like this and getting someone a gift to help them with their back pain.
Now if you have a loved one with back pain you'll know just how much it can take over their life.
It can make them less active and stop them from doing the things they love to do.
The pain can also make working a problem and it can affect the person's home life too (and that of their families).
They may find that sleep can be hard to come by.
And all of this combined can affect them mentally and emotionally and make them angry, anxious, depressed and stressed.
Does this sound familiar?
So if you could buy someone a gift that can help take some of these problems away wouldn't that be a great thing?
Well the good news is there are a variety of products on the market that can do just that and in this article I recommend the following as great gift ideas:
- HealthmateForever YK15RC TENS Unit.
- Aidbrace Back Support Belt.
- Spand-Ice Revive Tank.
- Nayoya Acupressure Mat.
- TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller.
- TDP Mineral Lamp.
- Herman Miller Aeron Chair.
- LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Cushion.
- The Leesa and Simba Mattresses.
- ComfiLife Orthopedic Knee Pillow.
- Membership to a yoga or pilates class.
Read on and see which one would make the ideal gift for your loved one.
Back Pain Gifts Are Not Just For Christmas
Just like giving someone a puppy, buying someone the right gift for their back pain is giving them something that will last far beyond the festive season.
In fact it could give them relief from pain and improve their lifestyles for months and years to come.
It's a gift your loved one will use over and over and if you asked most back pain sufferers what their ideal gift would be they would tell you getting rid of their back pain.
At least I would anyway!
So take a look at the following recommendations of great gift ideas that will really help someone with back pain.
I've included a variety of different products covering different problems so there should be something for everyone in here.
And I'll start with TENS machines.
1. HealthmateForever YK15RC Rechargeable TENS Unit
TENS machines are a great way of relieving pain and muscle soreness.
They work by delivering electrical impulses through the pads (which you attach to your area of pain) into your tissues which stimulate both your nerves and your muscles.
This helps in a couple of ways:
- By stimulating your nerves the electrical impulses distract your brain from the pain, blocking pain signals from transmitting and giving you some respite.
- This stimulation also releases endorphins which are the body's natural painkiller.
- Stimulating sore muscles and the surrounding tissues increases blood flow to the area which helps them to heal and loosen.
All of which makes using a TENS machine a great way of controlling and managing pain and a good alternative to taking pain medication (and without the side-effects).
Plus the tingling sensations from the electrical impulses are quite satisfying!
So if this sounds like something that would benefit someone in your life I'd recommend getting them the HealthmateForever YK15RC Tens Unit.
This is a portable, lightweight and easy to use TENS machine that has a few advantages over it's competitors.
Firstly it has 20 different intensity levels so you can adjust it to the ideal strength for you and your pain.
Plus there are 15 pre-set programs so it's super easy to get started straight out of the box.
And finally it has a dual output function. This means that you can work two different areas of the body at different intensity levels at the same time.
All in all a great gift and something the gadget lovers will enjoy using!
2. Aidbrace Back Support Belt
You may have seen bodybuilders wearing back support belts at the gym to help them protect their back when lifting heavy loads.
The idea behind wearing a back support belt is that they work alongside your core muscles to support and stabilise your spine.
They do this by:
- Squeezing and compressing your abdomen which gives your lower back much greater support as you work.
- Limiting your range of motion which will help you to avoid putting your back out through overstretching.
- Helping you to maintain a good posture. It's hard to slouch wearing one of these!
All of these things will reduce the strain and load on your lower back.
Which will make working a lot less dangerous and hopefully a lot less painful!
So if you want to treat the worker in your life I'd recommend giving them the Aidbrace back support belt.
This belt is one of the best on the market for providing strong support which makes it ideal for those who work in construction.
It's tough and durable so will withstand heavy use on site.
And it's made with a breathable mesh that will help you stay cool rather than sweaty as you work in it.
A great assistant for a busy worker!
However do remind the recipient that while these belts are extremely helpful they won't make your back invincible as some people mistakenly think. So don't overdo it!
3. Spand-Ice Revive Tank
I'm sure anyone who has had a bad back in the past will know just how good it can feel to have a hot bath or to lay down on a bag of frozen peas.
And applying heat or ice to your back at the right times has always been a great way of treating back pain because:
- Applying ice when you have suffered a fresh back injury helps to reduce swelling and inflammation and speed up the healing process.
- Applying heat to sore and tight muscles helps them to loosen and relax.
However to do this can be time-consuming as it forces you to take time out to sit or lay down while the heat or ice is working it's magic.
And this is one reason why the Spand-Ice Revive Tank is such a fantastic gift to buy for someone.
Because wearing one allows you to apply heat or ice to your lower or middle back on the move.
Which means you can treat your back exactly when it's needed......while it's hurting you through the day!
The tank top design comes with two pockets (lower back and middle back) into which you place gel packs that can either be heated up or frozen.
This holds them in place against your back as you move around so you get maximum benefit.
The top is made of quality, lightweight, and breathable material which means it is comfortable and cool to wear.
This comfort encourages movement which helps you to stay more active and productive.
And this is great because staying active is the best thing you can do to maintain a strong, healthy and pain-free back.
So if you want to get someone a gift that will take away their pain while they are working, exercising and going about their daily activities I'd thoroughly recommend checking out the Spand-Ice Revive Tank.
Not only will it help them to stay more active, it will also free up their spare time for doing more fun activities than treating their back pain!
4. Nayoya Acupressure Mat
Anyone with back pain will be familiar with stiff, tight and painful muscles.
They can make every movement a struggle and really affect what you are capable of doing throughout the day.
These stiff and tight muscles are usually the result of muscle knots.
These knots form blockages that trap toxins and waste inside the muscles which irritates them even more and causes painful inflammation. A vicious circle!
So to get relief you need to find a way to unblock and release these muscle knots so that the waste and toxins can be flushed away.
And unblocking the pathways also means blood, oxygen and nutrients can be delivered to help the muscles heal.
Now lots of people try to deal with their muscle knots with regular massages or acupuncture sessions.
And while these work great the expense of these sessions can really add up over time.
So if you want to help save someone money and still achieve the same result get them an acupressure mat instead.
These mats look a bit strange on first glance as they are like a modern day bed of nails and contain thousands of plastic needles.
But don't worry they are not as painful as they look!
They are extremely effective though.
By laying on these needles your body weight and gravity presses them right into the pressure points of your body which stimulates them and helps muscle knots to release.
This will increase blood flow to the area and help to reduce muscle tension and pain.
And it's not just your back these mats are good for.
They can also help people to relax, sleep better, get rid of headaches and lower their blood pressure.
Not bad for just laying down!
So if this sounds like the kind of gift someone you know would appreciate I'd recommend the Nayoya Acupressure Mat.
This mat is well made, lightweight and portable so it'll last well and you can easily take it with you on holidays and trips.
And it also comes with an acupressure pillow so you can work on releasing a stiff neck and shoulders at the same time!
5. TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
Foam rollers are another great way of releasing painful muscle knots without having to spend lots of money on massages.
To use one you place it under the area of your body that is in pain, rest your weight on it and roll up and down slowly over it.
This stimulates the trigger point within your painful knot which causes the knot to gently spasm and release (this is a very satisfying feeling!).
They are great as they can get right into hard to reach spots.
And as the knot releases you get similar benefits to the acupressure mat:
- There is an increase of blood flow to the damaged muscle which delivers the oxygen and nutrients it needs to heal and recover.
- Pathways are unblocked which allows harmful waste and toxins to be flushed away.
And by regularly using a foam roller you can also improve flexibility, circulation and range of motion.
A great tool for people to self treat their pain.
So if you think this would make a great gift for someone check out the TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller.
This is a good choice as it is firm and textured so it can get right into the spots you need it to get into.
It is also the model that is commonly used by physical therapists and professional athletes to help them recover from and prevent injuries.
So you can be assured you're getting top quality with this one.
6. TDP Mineral Lamp
Now this suggestion is a bit more out of left field as these lamps are a pretty recent addition as a treatment for back pain.
However the Chinese refer to them as a miracle so they can't be that bad!
Now you may have heard of people using infrared heating lamps for their back pain.
They work by penetrating heat into painful tissues helping them to heal.
Well TDP mineral lamps follow the same concept but with one major difference.
Attached to the lamp is an iron plate containing 33 essential minerals that the heat rays have to pass through to get into the body.
By doing this they transmit small amounts of these minerals along with the heat rays that the body absorbs to help it heal, repair and stay healthy.
To use one you heat the lamp up, position it so it's facing onto the area of pain, then relax and allow the heat rays and minerals to wash over you for roughly 10-20 minutes at a time.
This will give you a warm and soothing sensation and helps your back by:
- Loosening the tissues connecting your muscles and increasing your circulation and blood flow to deliver oxygen and nutrients to help sore muscles to heal.
- Flushing away waste and toxins.
And they can also help to:
- Reduce inflammation.
- Release endorphins which are the body's natural painkiller.
- Speed up the healing process.
- Relax your body.
- Strengthen your immune system.
They are also commonly used to help people with arthritis, joint pain, stress, fatigue and certain skin conditions.
So while these lamps aren't exactly a miracle cure like the Chinese suggest, you are getting someone a really powerful healing tool here.
And the one I'd recommend going for is the TDP Mineral Lamp by Vita Activate.
This has a larger mineral plate than most other models so you can treat a larger area.
It's also FDA approved and has recently been updated to include the latest technology.
7. Herman Miller Aeron Chair
Sitting is the new smoking (or so they say).
Now while I wouldn't go that far there is no doubt that sitting down for long periods of time can be damaging to your health.
And anyone that has to sit down for a few hours each day will know all too well how it can make your back feel really stiff and painful.
This happens for three reasons:
- When you sit down the vertebrae of your spine become compressed and this leads to a squeezing and weakening of your spinal discs which means they are less able to support and protect your spine and it's movement as they should.
- As you sit the muscles that support your spine remain inactive and weaken. This means your spine has less support and is put under more strain.
- People tend to sit with an awkward posture that increases the pressure on their backs.
Bad news all round!
And what makes it worse is when you sit in a crappy and cheap one size fits all office chair.
Because these chairs have next to no lumbar support, force you to sit with an unhealthy posture and just make the whole sitting problem even worse.
So a great gift for someone who suffers back pain from sitting behind the computer is to get them an ergonomic office chair instead.
These chairs are great as they are fully adjustable so you can get them to fit you like a glove.
Which is good for your back because:
- They come with good lumbar support that protects your lower back and encourages you to maintain a healthy posture as you sit.
- They have a tilt control function that allows your core muscles to remain active and prevents them from weakening.
- You can adjust the height of the seat and the arms so you can get your sitting ergonomics perfect for maintaining the health of your back.
And there's no better example in my opinion than the Herman Miller Aeron Chair.
This has excellent lumbar support, a great design and helps to distribute pressure evenly as you sit which takes the strain off your lower back.
However it does come with a hefty price tag so if you want a more affordable alternative check out the Space Seating Professional Airgrid Chair instead.
8. LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Cushion
Buying someone a new chair is a great idea but it can also be a pricey one.
So if you want to help someone deal with pain from sitting without going the whole hog you should consider getting them a lumbar support cushion instead.
These cushions can breathe new life into tired and old chairs by providing lumbar support and helping you to sit with a healthier posture that is less stressful for your back.
Now when you sit in a chair without lumbar support your back flattens against it.
This creates a 'C' curve in the spine which increases the pressure and strain on your lower back.
However by placing a lumbar support cushion between the small of your lower back and the chair you are encouraged to sit with a healthier 'S' shape in your spine.
Which eases the pressure and strain as you sit and allows the muscles in your back to relax and rest.
Lumbar support cushions are commonly recommended by chiropractors and physicians and the one I'd recommend you buying for your loved one is the LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Cushion.
This one is good because the memory foam provides the support you need to stop your back flattening but also remains comfortable to use.
And the mesh cover means it is breathable and won't make you hot and sweaty while using it.
This would make a great gift for someone as it can be used in the office, on the sofa and in the car.
So you're getting someone an inexpensive gift that can help them sit with a healthier posture throughout the day.
9. The Leesa And Simba Mattresses
Now someone needs to have been REALLY good throughout the year before you consider buying them a mattress as they are not cheap.
However they might not be as expensive as you think they are.
This is because there are a new generation of 'mattress in a box' companies that sell direct to customers rather than going through department and furniture stores.
And by cutting out the middleman this can save you a packet.
Two of my favourite companies that do this are Leesa in the US and Simba Sleep in the UK.
Rather than develop a whole range of mattresses they focus on designing the perfect one to fit any individual.
And they use the latest in scientific research to design them so they not only give you a great night's sleep but can also keep your back healthy too.
Both are medium-firm mattresses (said to be the best for your back) and contain a mixture of materials so you can get the best of all worlds.
The Leesa mattress is made up of 3 different layers of foam which makes it really comfortable while also offering the support you need for your back.
And the Simba is a hybrid mattress made up of a top layer of latex, a middle layer of pocket springs and a base layer of memory foam.
This gives it the right amount of support and push back while also retaining a great level of comfort.
And using one of these mattresses can make a massive difference to someone with back pain.
Because using a rubbish or out of date mattress is a killer for your back.
If it's too hard then it puts too much pressure on your pressure points making it impossible for your body to relax and leaving you sore and aching in the morning.
And if it's too soft you sink into it too much which throws your neck and spine out of alignment causing pain and pressure where you don't need it.
So using the wrong type of mattress will lead to plenty of sleepless nights where your body won't get the rest it needs to repair, heal and rejuvenate.
Which will not only give you back pain it'll also leave you feeling knackered in the mornings!
So the Leesa and Simba mattresses are a great (albeit slightly expensive) gift for any loved one with back pain.
And I'd argue that in fact they are great value when you consider how long they will last and the difference they will make.
And they both come with a 100-night free trial so you can really road test them to make sure they are the right fit for you with no risk.
Give one a try if you have a loved one that struggles to sleep because of back pain.
After all what could be a better gift than a heavenly nights sleep?
10. ComfiLife Orthopedic Knee Pillow
While we are on the subject of back pain while sleeping another good gift idea to get someone is a knee pillow.
These are great for people that sleep on their sides.
Now sleeping on your side is a pretty good position for your back, especially if you keep your knees in the foetal position.
This takes the pressure off your joints and spine as you sleep.
However it can be hard to maintain this position and people tend to end up out of alignment.
So a good way to stay in the ideal position is to place a firm pillow between your knees.
This will keep them together and will also keep your spine and pelvis in a neutral and healthy position.
And a great one for this purpose that makes a really good gift is the ComfiLife Orthopedic Knee Pillow.
This is made of memory foam so is firm yet comfortable and using one is great for taking pressure off your back and also for relieving sciatic pain.
However for other types of sleepers you will need different types of pillows to get a similar effect.
People that sleep on their backs need to use a wedge pillow under their knees.
This will flatten the arch in your spine and takes the pressure off your facet joints while also reducing any strain on your back.
A good one to try is the Cushyform Half-Moon Wedge Pillow.
Sleeping on your stomach is not the best idea for your back but it can be hard to break the habit.
So to maintain spinal alignment and reduce strain you should place a flat and soft pillow under your pelvis.
Try the eLuxurySupply Down Filled Pillow which is good for this.
11. A Yoga Or Pilates Membership
They are a great way to stretch and keep your muscles flexible while also building and maintaining strength in your core which helps to support your back.
Now while there are crossover exercises in both they are essentially very different.
Yoga is mostly a more gentle and spiritual practice, whereas pilates is a lot more of a workout.
However they both bring similar benefits for your back which are:
- Improved flexibility (especially in the hip, groin and hamstring areas) which is great for reducing the load and strain on your lower back.
- Strengthening your deep-lying core muscles which helps to provide better support for your spine and a more balanced body.
- They train your body to maintain a good posture as you move through the poses and this is something you carry outside of the class too.
- You get into the habit of syncing your breathing with your movement. This helps your body to relax and let go of any tension that is being held in your muscles.
- They encourage the release of endorphins which work as the body's natural painkiller.
All of which will help you to become more mobile and active while also reducing pain levels.
And both yoga and pilates have been shown to improve people's moods too so you'll be left feeling happier and with a more positive outlook.
Both of which are vital when it comes to managing chronic lower back pain successfully.
So a gift of a months membership to a good yoga or pilates class could really kick start someone's desire to tackle and beat their back pain.
Just this simple change of lifestyle can help them for years to come.
What a gift that would be eh?
I hope that run down has given you a few ideas of what to get your loved one the next time you are buying them a present.
Now getting them something to help their back pain may be thinking outside the box when compared to regular gift ideas.
But it's also a gift that is incredibly thoughtful.
And it could be the gift that keeps on giving.
Because you are getting them something that will help them with their back pain and could really change their life.
And that makes it a pretty good idea in my book (and a nice alternative to socks!).