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SIX GREAT PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH THE FESTIVE ACTIVITIES…

Christmas is nearly upon us and many chronic pain sufferers will struggle to get out during and after the festive period. Apart from the buying of presents, there are lots of other activities that come about at this time of year. For instance, the nativity play, the Christmas party, the family get together and the list goes on.

The simple act of sitting down on something that is not suitable for say a person with a back problem could actually create more pain for them. So, I’ve looked into portable outdoor seat/supports/cushions just for this reason. My top choice would be –

Highlander Folding Outdoor Sit Mat Lightweight Padded Portable Stadium Seat which is constructed from High-Density foam and a hard-wearing durable Polyester. It’s LIGHTWEIGHT, COMPACT AND PORTABLE: Weighing only 380g and measuring 40x40x4cm when folded and will offer comfort and support use after use. This one I found was available on Amazon and is £13.99

The Back Booster helps support the lower back, helps relax lower back muscles and is very lightweight and portable, nylon carry bag included. It inflates in a few breaths and deflates to pocket size and is £14.99 available from The Back Booster.

A coccyx cushion of which there are quite a few about. I cannot live without mine and have them in every car and upstairs in my stud. Whenever we go away take one with me and use it when I go to the cinema. I would honestly be quite miserable without mine so here’s a couple to choose from. The Drive Coccyx Cushion which is on Amazon at the moment for £9.95 This fully portable, uniquely designed cushion can help relieve that pressure and may help to prevent back pain by suspending your coccyx over the cutout section.

Or The Sciatica Relief Cushion which performs just like its name and is well worth the investment of £31.50 The Sciatic Pain Relief Cushion is a class 1 medical device designed to alleviate the pressure on the sciatic nerve while sitting allowing the nerve space and time to heal. By placing the cushion on your seat every time you sit you are able to stretch your sciatic nerve whilst reducing the increased pressure the nerve experiences during sitting. This cushion is specifically designed for people who have sciatica pain symptoms that are aggravated or exacerbated while sitting or seated. It is easy to use, safe and specifically designed for sciatica pain relief.

I would also add this Adjustable Tripod Walking Stick and seat as if like me you cannot even stand for long in a queue then this is just perfect. The Height adjustable walking stick seat is designed to provide support and comfort and provides a stable and comfortable seated position when you need a break from standing. This particular one is from Amazon for £25 but there are also a number of them on Complete Care Shop website. 

Finally the Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion from Complete Care Shop which is ergonomically designed, and provides excellent levels of comfort to the user and is ideal when travelling. It is suitable for long train, plane or car journeys and is of a lightweight, compact nature making it tremendously portable. Made from high-quality memory foam, it helps to alleviate pressure and tension and will not lose its shape. This black Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion is supplied with a removable velour cover and costs £8.89

Memory Foam Contour Travel Cushion

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3 OF THE BEST INFLATABLE LUMBAR SUPPORT CUSHIONS FOR TRAVEL…

Inflatable Lumbar Support Cushions for travel are a must for people suffering from low back pain. I find travel in a car particularly painful and also on a flight. Using a support cushion definitely helps with the pain but with all the additional hand luggage you have when you travel a lumbar support pillow is something you would probably leave behind.

However, you can still have your support pillow by investing in an inflatable lumbar support pillow which can easily be packed in your hand luggage ready for the journey. Three of the best inflatable lumbar support cushions are –

  1. Runnacc is an ultralight inflatable pillow for neck and lumbar use while traveling, available from Amazon for £12.99
  • THE MOST COMPACT ULTRALIGHT INFLATABLE CAMP PILLOW ON THE MARKET – folds to the size just like a soda can, and inflate to a comfortable head or lumbar support. This backpacking pillow can be easily carried in your backpack or pocket for easy access!
  • IMPROVED ERGONOMIC DESIGN for better neck support so you can get a good sleep!
  • ENHANCED COMFORT and DURABILITY: Enhanced design and layers for head support that is constructed from strong, durable, water-resistant material. Whether you’re leisurely vacationing with your family, camping for the weekend, or backpacking the mountains – this is the best air travel pillow!
  • EASY to INFLATE and DEFLATE – To inflate, open exterior valve, then inflate by mouth. To deflate, open exterior valve to release.
  • IDEAL CHOICE- Perfectly suitable for camping, hiking, beach traveling and tent traveling, etc.

 2. Winomo is another inflatable pillow for neck or lumbar support while traveling and again is available on Amazon for £12.99 Compact, ultra-lightweight and inflatable camping pillow. It can be folded to the size of less than a soda can and inflate to a comfortable head or lumbar support.

  • Portable. With small folded size, you can put it in your backpack for easy access.
  • Ergonomic design for better neck support so you can get a good sleep.
  • Enhanced design and layers for head support that is constructed from strong, durable, water-resistant, elastic TPU fabric.
  • Easy to inflate and deflate. The big valve allow you to inflate or deflate fast and easily.

3. BackBooster 1001 is a larger inflatable lumbar support cushion but also folds away after use, from Amazon for £14.99

  • inflatable lumbar cushion for traveling, working, and driving
  • High-quality, waterproof PVC construction with nylon strap
  • Inflates in just a few breaths and deflates to pocket size
  • No metal parts; includes convenient nylon travel bag
  • Measures 13.5 x 14 x 3.1 inches (W x H x D)#

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COULD YOUR MATTRESS BE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR BACK PAIN?…

There is no question of a doubt that a poor mattress can exacerbate your back pain, and rest is an essential part of the treatment for back pain but how do you know if it’s your mattress that is contributing to it?

The Back Pain Expert says that a poorly suited mattress can put your spine out of alignment. Firmness and comfort are key issues, but it should also be noted that weight is an issue too.

Spine Universe comment that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed. Yet when it comes to where we sleep, we often do not consider how our mattress can affect our backs. No other piece of furniture in your house is used as often or affects your overall health more than your bed. 

There are a number of different types of mattresses to choose from innerspring, foam, flotation (water beds), and air mattresses, plus the foundation, often called a box spring. One particular company who cater for people with back pain is the N:Rem which is the only orthopaedic mattress with 5 interchangeable support zones. One reviewer wrote having severe back pain for most of my life, this mattress has helped me no end, getting comfortable, falling asleep and waking up without aches and pains, amazing!

It is customisable to your individual needs combining just the right amount of support and comfort to give you your best night’s sleep and was designed for back pain sufferers. You can trial it at home for 100 nights and pay on a payment plan. You can also get your first month FREE on the payment plan using this code BACKPAINBLOG .

Another company who specialises in designer mattresses is the Simba Sleep Mattress who created their mattress after extensively testing it with The Sleep to Live Institute whose research is based on profiling more than 10 million people and 180 million body profile data points. One reviewer put the best sleep you could wish for from a mattress. it cured my back pain, waking up each morning in a Simba mattress is like being on Cloud 9. Absolutely no regrets.

The majority of mattress companies say that if you’ve had your mattress for at least 5 years it’s recommended you are ready for a new one.

With so many mattress company’s on the market and the current state of the mattress industry (hint: shopping for a mattress is definitely moving to be an online experience) It can be really difficult to navigate all the options. Especially if you do purchase a mattress online, like so many people are, without ever feeling the mattress before the purchase. It never hurts to have more resources and more information, you can find more information put together by reviews.com on what to look for here and if you still crave more info the entire resource can be found here. Happy mattress shopping!