5 Great Gift Ideas for Shoulder Pain Sufferers
Relief Under the Tree
The holiday season is many things—a time to see family and friends; a time of decorations, parties, and delicious meals—but it’s also when you have to think about gifts for others as well as your own wish-list. For those that suffer from shoulder pain, a thoughtful present might be something that can help with the condition, something which eases pain and provides comfort. No doubt, something instrumental like that would be more cherished than (another) holiday sweater.
So what are some good gifts for someone with shoulder pain? What should sufferers ask for this holiday season? Here’s a quick breakdown of five popular and helpful ideas:
1. Shoulder Massager
These come in a range of sizes and shapes, but they all are be helpful in easing soreness and stiffness in the shoulder. Some are outfitted with special pillows that help cushion the area as it’s massaged, and others may incorporate heating. This work can be helpful in managing chronic pain conditions, while also allowing the user to relax and destress. If you want to go the extra mile, another, similar-minded approach, might be to give a gift-certificate to a licensed massage therapist.
2. Neck & Shoulder Relaxer
These nifty devices cradle the head and neck to promote a more positive spinal curve, easing tension on the shoulders. It’s not uncommon for chiropractors to recommend use of such a tool as they both prevent alignment problems from worsening the situation and help ease strain felt in the affected shoulder. This dual activity makes neck and shoulder relaxers a great gift idea.
3. Therapeutic Pillow
Unbeknownst to many shoulder pain sufferers, sleeping position can aggravate problems if there isn’t proper support. The right pillow could be key in easing this strain and promoting better sleep. It’s worth looking into different kinds of specialized pillows; while few are advertised as being directly for shoulder problems, anything that properly cradles the head and neck and lets muscles there fully relax in a neutral position will help.
4. Hot & Cold Shoulder Wrap
These tools can deliver heating and icing to affected areas in the shoulder, which is instrumental not only in day-to-day management of discomfort but as part of recovery from surgery. In many cases, post-operative patients will be told to alternate heat and icing of the area as this helps ease swelling and promotes positive blood circulation. Usually in the form of a wearable sling, these devices allow users to choose heating and cooling options as necessary.
5. Posture Correctors
In many cases, shoulder problems are aggravated by poor posture; if a person hunches forward too much, for instance, the shoulders ending up having to work harder to support the head. Wearable posture correctors help restore a natural alignment of head and spine; they come in many different sizes and styles and are adjustable. It may be worth talking to a medical professional about what can help.
A New Year Free of Pain
The impact of pain on a chronic sufferer cannot be overstated; it affects overall comfort, quality-of-life, ability to work, and so much more. A gift that can take on some of these issues—that can provide comfort and ease pain—is one that will be truly cherished and valued. If there’s a shoulder pain sufferer in your life, this holiday season can be the first step on the road to relief. Now that’s priceless.
If you or a loved one suffers from shoulder pain problems, the team at Onward Orthopedics can help. Employing the latest and greatest in minimally-invasive techniques and technologies, these surgical experts have helped countless people achieve positive outcomes and complete recovery. Learn more about what they do by calling (800) 577-1693 today!