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MY TOP 10 BACK PAIN PRODUCTS FOR GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS…

Here are my top ten great pain-relieving gifts to give to any chronic pain sufferer.

  1. This massage pillow that easily attaches to any chair will help loosen up tight back muscles and knead out unwanted knots from the comfort of your own home. Perfect for someone with lower back pain. Available on Amazon for £34.99, the RENPHO Back Massager with Heat is just the ticket if your muscles are begging for relief. This Shiatsu back and neck massager has 4 powerful deep-kneading 3D massage nodes and reinforced heating functions, this shiatsu massage pillow helps to relax overused and tight muscles. It effortlessly kneads your knots away and brings you real comfort and relief.


2. Hemp Joint & Muscle Active Relief Gel- High Strength Hemp Oil Formula Rich in Natural Extracts by 5kind. (300ml) 5Kind’s unique natural formula has the perfect ingredients for a great massage. Perfect following physical exertion, or to help tired legs after being on your feet all day. This hemp whole body gel will help you relax and may help mobility. Most effective if used consistently.

This natural formula contains high levels of natural extracts and oils which have a positive effect on your whole body. The high strength Hemp Oil works in synergy with Arnica, Camphor, Menthol & Rosemary Oil, essential natural ingredients to help calm and relax. GREAT FOR MASSAGE USE with natural conditioners, leaving your skin feeling moisturised, smoothed and nourished. Available from Amazon for £18.97

3. RENPHO Massage Gun Deep Tissue, Percussion Muscle Massager, Quiet, Electric Mini Muscle Gun up to 3200rpm, Type C Charging, Portable Size, Muscle Pain Relief. This is an amazing muscle gun. Small but powerful. The Renpho mini-massage gun uses a custom-designed brushless motor for achieving a deeper impact, percussive tissue, and muscle massage. Four massage heads and five speeds provide a scientifically-proven, impactful muscle massage experience.

Pocket size massage gun. Compact, and very light weighing in at only 0.45kg (less than 1 lb), it can be easily stored away and taken anywhere and can be used on yourself. Get a deep tissue massage anytime, at home, travelling, exercising, in the office, whenever it suits you. The portable-sized design is easy to carry and is truly perfect for any time, anywhere use. It has 5-speed levels: From the 1st level at 2000 RPM(Warming Up), 2nd level at 2300 RPM (Relieving Fascia), 3rd Level at 2600 rpm(Breaking Down Lactic Acid), 4th Level at 2900 rpm (Massaging Deep Tissue ), to the 5th Level at 3200 rpm(Professional Mode). Each percussion intensity is gradually increased to achieve a more scientifically-supported approach to muscle and fascia tissue massaging. Available from Amazon for £47.99 This one is on my Christmas stocking list !!!!

4. Yoke Wellness Acupressure mat and pillow – I use this constantly and my son swears by it, he uses it every night before he goes to sleep. He is convinced he feels better and sleeps better for using it.

It was designed on the premise that ‘Self Care us Soul Care’ and is made of 100% biodegradable packaging. It has eco-friendly coconut fiber filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension. It’s a natural, drug-free and holistic self-care package that will not only ease your pain but have you feeling more charged up for the day. They suggest only 10 minutes a day is all it takes which is perfect for me to use when I go for my afternoon rest.

You can stand on it for energising power, sit on it during relaxation ( I am sitting on the pillow right now) or lie on it to feel a full-body release. You will then soon feel the muscle tension melt away and is a great product for headaches, stiff neck, back pain, fibromyalgia and insomnia. So, a real all-rounder. For people suffering from insomnia, this has to be worth a try as it certainly relaxed me in seconds. It comes with a self-explanatory leaflet inside which makes you feel you are a very special person to receive this Eco Yoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow. It explains what to expect when you use your mat and how things change in seconds and then minutes into using it. It does exactly what it says on the leaflet and I was quite shocked when it does give a feeling of warmth after 1-3 minutes. It does say that bare skin is best but I was a bit apprehensive about that but I am not saying I won’t try it that way in the future as I can tell this will be well used. Available from Yoke Wellness website for £49.99

5. The Fibromyalgia CFS ME MS Cancer Daily Symptoms Tracker: A 3-month Fill in the Blank Health and Well-Being Self-Assessment Diary Journal Tracker Logbook… Chronic Pain and Invisible Illness sufferers…’ is an A 3-month fill-in-the-blank health and well-being self-management diary journal tracker logbook for Chronic Pain and Invisible Illness sufferers. Worksheets include Personal Information, Medical Conditions, Medications, Healthcare, Contacts, Appointments, Daily Symptom tracking. Weekly Symptom Summaries, Food and Beverage tracking notes.Great for people with Fibromyalgia, Polymyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)Multiple Sclerosis (MS)Cancer, Chronic Pain and Undiagnosed Conditions. Take the diary to doctor’s appointments to help remind you of often-forgotten-to-mention symptoms experienced and to work with your treating health professionals to gain diagnosis, explore and provide feedback on treatment options to self-manage your diagnosed and undiagnosed medical conditions and symptoms, the medications are taken, natural remedies tried, and help identify your specific patterns and triggers by Char Casey, Owner / Founder, eDiY Publishing. Available on Amazon for £11.62 I have written before on how keeping a diary of your symptoms can be a great help for your GP or Consultant to totally understand your condition and symptoms. As I have mentioned before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia simply because my spinal consultant asked me to write down every pain and ache after my epidural for six weeks so he could see if the injections were worth giving. After reading my diary he immediately said he was sure I was also suffering from Fibromyalgia and referred me to a Rheumatologist.

6. Warmies Extra Long Hot Water Bottle from MenKind You cannot beat a hot water bottle to help ease pains but the latest extra long ones are worth every penny of the £20 it cost to buy them.

  • It’s a lovely, long hot water bottle!
  • Slipped into a luxury, fluffy acrylic cover
  • Sure to keep you warm for as long as, well, a long hot water bottle!
  • A great gift for anyone who gets chillier than a Mexican burrito
  • Measures approx. 81 cm long

7. Wireless TENS Machine for Pain Relief, Rechargeable and Compact TENS Unit EMS Muscle Stimulator.  These Tens machines can effectively relieve pain by blocking pain sensations transmitting to your brain and stimulating your body to release natural pain-relieving endorphins. The Tens unit is ideal for knee, elbow, ankle, arthritis, muscle, back, shoulder, neck, leg, abdomen pain, sciatica, period and endometriosis pain relief etc. Natural, drug-free and highly effective TENS UNIT for pain relief with muscle stimulation effect. For at-home use. Safe and Highly Effective.

The wireless design allows users to move freely and make it discreet under clothing. No wire and no remote control compact design makes it very easy and convenient to carry and to use. Suitable for use not only at home or work but also on the go and walking around.

It has six automated Massage Program Options and 20 Power Levels for Intensity. Only 2-Button to control, just turn on the unit by pressing the on/off button and adjust the intensity by pressing “﹢” or “-”. A pair of Gel Electrode Pad is included. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides this professional unit with long-lasting power. Available from Amazon for £20.96

8. EASE Bath Salts . EASE Bath Salts combine Himalayan Pink Salt with organic Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Peppermint Oils to soothe and ease your body. The naturally cleansing salts and soothing, therapeutic essential oils will help you relax, restore wellbeing and leave your skin soft to the touch. This product does not contain CBD but I just couldn’t wait to try it. Or you could try their Calm Bath Salts which combine Himalayan Pink Salt with organic Evening Primrose, Rosemary and Marula to calm your mind and body. The naturally cleansing salts and soothing, therapeutic essential oils will help you relax, restore wellbeing and leave your skin soft to the touch.

The salts are in a lovely container and look perfect with the colours in my bathroom and both my children ( in their 30’s) saw them and commented how lovely they looked and my daughter in particular couldn’t wait to hear what they were like. Available from Grass & Co for £19.50

9. BackCare have a magazine called Talkback which you can buy as a subscription or you can join BackCare for an annual membership and you will be sent the magazine which comes out every four months plus 12 monthly E-Newsletters. It costs £20 Talkback is a full-colour glossy magazine produced quarterly which includes the following editorial content: Back product testing and the latest gadgets, Health and Exercise, Exercises and tips on preventing back pain. Patient-centred approaches to treatment. Research News. BackCare Professionals Section. Readers Letters. Interview with Back Pain Celebrities. A great stocking filler for anyone with back pain.

10. For any Fibromyalgia sufferer then the Fibromyalgia Magazine is the perfect gift. It deals with the areas that matter to readers which include –

  • Medical Research News
  • Campaigning
  • Lobbying
  • Awareness Raising
  • Legal Advice
  • Benefits Advice
  • Worldwide news
  • News from local support groups and charities
  • Treatment Advice
  • Pharmaceutical News
  • Alternative Therapies
  • Pain Management
  • On line directory of all support groups and phone friends
  • A nationwide directory of FM resources
  • Opinion and Entertainment from our unrivalled team of columnists

It is a monthly magazine subscription for £34.95 and they have been Providing the Independent voice of UK Fibromyalgia monthly, for over 20 years. This Listing is for 1 Year Subscription to your door (£2.91 per month) They also offer a monthly digital subscription here. (£1.99 per month)

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FANTASTIC OFFERS FROM MY LIST OF CHRISTMAS GIFTS COMPANIES…

After writing a couple of days ago on some of the best gifts for chronic pain sufferers, some of the companies have sent me offers that are available now or on Black Friday.

NREM Sleep System have an offer running until Midnight Monday for Black Friday with up to 50% off across the site – this includes additional foam inserts and our newly added scented candle and sleep spray as well as the NREM and DUO mattresses. If people come to the website we have banners and pop-ups with the code BLACKFRIDAY or BLACKFRIDAY50 to redeem the discounts – please feel free to share!

Pain Relief Cushions Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale now on only at their Etsy Shop – ends midnight 27th November – Don’t miss your chance to get a unique Christmas gift. You need to try a wheat cushion if you are in pain. No drugs needed. Used Hot or Cold. At home or work for humans and even pets. Here is how to get your 20% discount on as many cushions as you need. But Hurry before the offer closes. Go to their Etsy Shop for more details.

The Sciatica Pain Relief Cushion have their cushion for sale on their website with 10 to 15% off for the holidays coming.

Finally, Joya Shoes on-line partner Cheerful Soles have a week of Black Friday offers already started. 30% off on selected styles.