Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
Pain relief does not have to cause a financial meltdown. Here are some tips for the pennywise looking for both economic relief and pain relief.
Ice ($0) instead of anti-inflammatory medications ($8): Because the cooling action of ice helps to control swelling, it is a great way to control pain. Just ask any athlete who has had an injury, ice keeps them going with less pain.
Hand-held shower massager ($80) instead of a massaging chair ($3000): The Human Touch Massage chairs are nice, but who has an extra 3K to spend. A pulsating hot water massage in the shower can also relieve pain, without hurting your budget.
Heating pad ($20) instead of a spa ($2000): With winter approaching, it is important to keep those muscles warm; otherwise, they will become tense and spasm. But, please don't burn your skin.
Mattress Topper ($300) instead of a mattress ($2000): I love the Tempur Pedic products, but the mattress is very expensive. Sometimes the cheaper foam topper (a layer of foam on top...
Someone recently Tweeted that what she wanted for Mother's Day was some fibromyalgia relief, a foot massage and some chocolate. That got me to thinking about all of us mothers who live with some type of chronic pain. I suspect that pain relief would be near the top of all of our Mother's Day wish lists.
If I'm going to be honest, though, for me there's another fibromyalgia symptom I'd like relief from that's even higher on my list than pain – heat sensitivity. Fortunately, over the years I've gradually put together a combination of treatments and therapies that help keep my pain at tolerable levels ( How I Manage My Chronic Pain ). Unfortunately, I've never found anything that eases my extreme sensitivity to heat other than hibernating in an air-conditioned room. Of all of my symptoms, heat sensitivity has been the most life-limiting.
But I digress. This is about Mother's Day wishes. Truthfully, I'm not hard to please. All I really want is for my three children to re...
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