Holiday Gift Guide for People with Chronic Pain
It is once again the season of giving, and you can make it a special one for someone in your life struggling with chronic pain. It isn’t always easy to know what to get for a chronic pain sufferer; you want to get them something that will help relieve their pain symptoms, but for most people, that can be hard to identify.
The following are some gift ideas for those in pain in your life.
Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Electric Mattress Pad
This heated mattress pad is ideal for people who spend large quantities of time in bed. The Sunbeam Therapeutic Heated Electric Mattress Pad has zoned heating, so you can focus on upper, middle, or lower back, or legs and feet. You can even turn on multiple zones at once, allowing the relaxing heat to penetrate multiple problem areas at once.
Currently, this product is about $300 on Amazon.
If you have a loved one who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, you may want to give them a guide for a low-FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols, and helps identify carbohydrates that trigger IBS. Studies show that a low-FODMAP diet can limit IBS symptoms like stomach pain, bloating, flatulence, and bowel urgency.
You can find a low-FODMAP diet guide on Amazon for about $20.
Copper Compression Arthritis Gloves
Millions of people struggle with arthritis pain, joint stiffness and swelling, especially in their hands. Copper-infused fabrics can help stave off some of these symptoms, and Copper Compression Arthritis Gloves are the top-of-the-line product on the market. With these on, you can cook, clean, or do various chores with minimal discomfort.
Copper Compression Arthritis Gloves are available on Amazon for about $25.
Hypervolt Percussion Massager
A handheld percussion massager is ideal for chronic pain patients that have to endure soreness after frequent physical therapy sessions. The Hypervolt by Hyperice Percussion Massager helps warm up muscles, improve range of motion, reduce soreness, and boost muscle performance.
You can find the Hypervolt by Hyperice Percussion Massager on Amazon for about $110.
TheraPearl Color Changing Hot Cold Pack
One of the most valuable items for chronic pain sufferers is an ice pack to numb the pain or a heat pack to loosen stiff muscles. The TheraPearl Color Changing Hot Cold Pack offers both kinds of functionality and provides excellent reusability and ColorSmart technology that tells you when the temperature is ideal.
You can get the TheraPearl Color Changing Hot Cold Pack for $15 on Amazon.
Netflix Gift Card
Everyone enjoys time in front of a television and a Netflix subscription can make an hour on the couch or in bed even better. This can really be a godsend for someone having a bad day of pain who has to remain immobilized. One or two episodes of the latest binge show might help take their mind off of their pain.
A Netflix Gift Card goes for about $15 on Amazon.
Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology
Quell has been around for several years and has proven to be a reliable pain reliever—at least, for some people. Quell is based on the TENS or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation technology that is used by physical therapists but modified to be portable. This technology uses a low-power electrical current to block the activation of pain signals.
You can find Quell Wearable Pain Relief Technology on Amazon for $100.
Four Wheel Walker Rollator
For people with mobility as well as chronic pain issues, a combination walker, seat and basket can vastly improve their ability to get out and enjoy life. The newest generation of rollators possess hand brakes and support bars for added control. Many of the better models are also collapsible for easy storage and transport.
Amazon currently has the Four Wheel Walker Rollator for about $60.
RENPHO Foot Massager
Whether you have arthritis, plantar fasciitis or are merely on your feet all day, there is nothing better than a foot massage. The RENPHO Foot Massager not only provides reinvigorating relaxation of tense foot muscles, but it also improves circulation which promotes healing of damaged tissue. This foot massager can also help prevent foot and ankle injuries by making muscles and joints more flexible.
You may find the RENPHO Foot Massager on Amazon for about $130.
You have probably seen athletes with black tape on various parts of their bodies. This is kinesiology tape that helps support joints, muscles and tendons as they heal. Thrive Tape is a special brand of kinesiology tape that includes minerals and ceramic powder that produce heat to relax stiff tissue and promote healing. You can try using Thrive Tape on your own, but it may be more useful to use it under the guidance of a doctor or a physical therapist.
Amazon has Thrive Tape for about $16.
Many people who suffer from migraines have light sensitivity which can inflame episodes. Axon sunglasses can reduce brightness, making such episodes more manageable which, in turn, can allow you more freedom to move about in challenging environments.
You can find Axon sunglasses on Amazon for about $190.
Instacart Food Delivery
For many chronic pain patients, getting out to the grocery store can be an agonizing ordeal. You can make it considerably easier on a loved one by getting them an Instacart gift card so that they can get essentials delivered to their doorstep. This can help them save money on pre-cooked delivery as well as help them eat better.
You can purchase Instacart gift cards in various amounts directly from their website.
If you enjoy listening to music, podcasts or Audible books before you fall asleep, you may find that SleepPhones is ideal for you. Instead of hard ear buds, SleepPhones is a soft, foam headband that transmits sounds without disturbing the people around you. Best of all, you can sleep comfortably all night long with it still on.
You can buy SleepPhones on Amazon for about $40.
Article written by: Dr. Robert Moghim – CEO/Founder Colorado Pain Care
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