Give the Gift of Pain Relief
Give the Gift of Pain ReliefDecember 12th, 2018 by Cindy Perlin
Sixteen Great Gift Ideas for People in Pain
In this holiday season most people are searching for the perfect gifts for the people they care about. But what about your loved ones who are in chronic pain? Chances are they don’t go out much and they’ve had to give up many of the activities they once enjoyed. What could you possibly give them?
People who are in chronic pain tend to be very isolated. They also have difficulty getting things done because of limitations imposed by their pain and related conditions. So a really valuable gift is a gift of your time for companionship and help with household tasks and errands.
Beyond the gift of yourself, there are many gifts that would be very appreciated by someone in pain because they not only significantly relieve pain safely, they sometimes even eliminate it for good. These products include books, DVDs, devices, self-massage tools, topicals, patches and more. I’ll list some of my favorites here. You can find all of these and more on the online Alternative Pain Treatment Directory. There is something for every budget.
You might think a book is not a very exciting or worthwhile gift. Almost 40 years ago I was in the midst of agonizing, disabling back pain that had gone on for over three years. I was in despair when a friend suggested that I read a certain book. That book turned my life around. It showed me the path to recovery and allowed me to get back to a productive, meaningful life.
Everyone’s path to healing is different. Here’s the book that did it for me:
Anatomy of an Illness, by Norman Cousins
In the 1950s the author was diagnosed with a progressive, crippling joint disease and told there was virtually no chance of recovery. He refused to accept the “inevitable” and cured himself with “laughter therapy” and large doses of vitamin C. An inspiring introduction to the mind/body connection. Price: $12.88
The Truth About Chronic Pain Treatments by Cindy Perlin, LCSW
Several years after healing my back problem, I developed a debilitating foot pain problem. It took me 14 years to find a solution. This is when I discovered there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to chronic pain and my experience that doctors don’t know how to help was reconfirmed. I wrote this book, an overview of the best and worst pain treatments, to help chronic pain patients find the best solution for their own situation. Covers a wide range of therapies. Price: $17.95
Heal Your Pain Now by Joe Tatta, DPT
This book, by a physical therapist, includes a comprehensive self-care program of exercise, nutrition and mind/body techniques for getting
Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Electric Massager
I have had an electric massager of this type for over 25 years. It has been a lifesaver when it comes to relieving muscle pain. Relaxes muscles, improves circulation and reduces inflammation.
SKLZ Dual Point Ergonomic Spine and Tissue Massager
This has been another life saver for me. It’s used to apply pressure to the spinal muscles to relieve stiffness and spasm and increase mobility, resulting in reduced pain.
Melt Method Bundle – Books, DVDs, Massage Tools
This set includes tools for acupressure massage for the whole body as well as a book and videos to explain theiruse.
Knowledge is power. This biofeedback device is used to measure hand temperature, an indicator of stress. Use it to know when to slow down and to learn how to relax better. I recommend this device to all of my clients.
Upright Go Posture Trainer
This tiny, totally cool biofeedback device teaches better posture by buzzing when you slouch. After a while, better posture becomes a habit without the device. Comes with an optional app to track your progress.
Price: $79.95 (Holiday sale – usually $99)
An innovative and very portable device that uses pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) to treat pain and edema with no adverse effects. Restores the electrical potential cells need to receive nutrients and oxygen, which stimulates cellular regeneration–relieving pain, and activating the body’s natural recovery process.
Price: $399 (Use discount code PERLIN at checkout for a $55 discount)
Light Care Systems LED Light Therapy
This medical grade, FDA cleared photobiomodulation system relieves pain, increases circulation, and decreases inflammation associated with many health conditions by promoting the body’s self-healing abilities using red, blue and near-infrared light. Simple but utterly amazing technology, with over 400 controlled, randomized human studies confirming its effectiveness. Useful for relief from pain associated with arthritis, painful joints and muscles, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, peripheral neuropathy, nerve injury. Helps heal wounds. Also provides brain support for TBI, concussion, PTSD, stroke and cognitive function. A great gift for the whole family.
Price: Starting at $1250.
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Ointments, Creams and Patches
CBD-containing products have become very popular with pain patients due to their ability to reduce inflammation and pain as well as to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. CBD occurs naturally in marijuana and hemp, and most ointments and creams with CBD are made from hemp due to legal restrictions on marijuana products. The best products, like this one, are standardized for CBD content and made from organic hemp..
Price: $35 for 2 oz jar, $65 for 4 oz jar
Corganics Pain Relief Cream
This pain relief cream is becoming increasingly popular with patients and healthcare practitioners. Not only does it relieve pain and inflammation, it also has a very pleasing texture and scent and is available at a very reasonable cost. Contains a combination of essential oils.
Price: Starting at $16.95
nCap Pain Relief Patches
These pain relief patches are durable, reusable and can be used anywhere on the body, over or under clothing. Using nanotechnology, these drug-free patches interact with the neural network running through the body, providing pain relief and helping the body heal.
Read the inventor’s amazing story about how this product was developed HERE
Price: $19.00 – $116.00
DVDs and CDs
Egoscue: Pain Free Workout Series
Contains Pain Free Workout Vol 1 & 2. Vol 1 focuses on proper alignment, posture, and muscle engagement. Teaches powerful techniques to restore flexibility and strength, while at the same time, rejuvenating the body. The result is the elimination of muscular and skeletal pain. This workout is designed for those who do not exercise on a regular basis and can be acomplished by everyone regardless of age or ability! Price: $19.95
A Meditation to Help Ease Pain
Reduce, manage and master pain with this extraordinarily effective guided meditation CD for pain relief by guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek. Endorsed and distributed by the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Columbia Presbyterian, UCSF, Mass General and the Cleveland Clinic, this pain relief meditation uses two research-proven methods for pain management: it provides pleasant diversion for the mind with positive, healing guided imagery (good for chronic aches and joint pain relief); and it teaches priceless relaxation and resilience tools for facing and softening acute pain, such as muscle spasm, injury or post-surgical pain. A separate track of affirmations provides a briefer form of pain meditation, embedding the same healing images and suggestions in positive statements that can be enjoyed while engaged in other activities. Price: $17.98
VoxxLife Socks and Insoles for improved Balance, Stability and Pain Relief
These are very special socks with a proprietary tech pattern on the bottom of the socks and on the insoles that touches neuropoints on the ball of the foot creating “homeostasis” or equilibrium in the mid brain. The mid brain is responsible for automatic functions like balance, stability, strength, power range of motion, flexibility, mobility and so much more. The moment you touch the tech you are instantly stronger, more balanced and have better range of motion. It’s remarkable. Equilibrium is the magic bullet to a lot of pain and conditions we suffer from.
Price: $30 to $45
Gift Certifificates for Provider Sessions
A gift certificate for a session with a healthcare provider who works with people in chronic pain such as a massage therapist, acupuncturist, functional medicine MD or health coach is another thoughtful gift. Start by checking out the provider on the Alternative Pain Treatment Directory, many of whom also offer phone or web-based services.
See more gift ideas HERE.
There’s a gift here for every budget that would be appreciated by someone in chronic pain.