Updated: Apr 26
80-90% of people have some kind of back or neck pain issue and not everyone wants or needs to have surgery. There are some of my most commonly recommended items you can gift a loved one or yourself! They might not be a cure-all but they will surely help ease a flare-up or help avoid one altogether with regular use.
#1 Tens Unit
This is a super portable device that is great for relaxing tense muscles during a flare-up. It can also be useful in easing sciatica numbness and tingling. For me personally, I rely on this device for any long car drives, so that I can walk and have some fun when I arrive. These can be used as needed and are rechargeable. Very affordable at under $40 and mine has lasted me at least 3-4 years which makes it a great investment.
CBD is very common nowadays. These topicals have no THC aka risk of getting high or adverse effect on drug tests. Topical pain relief you can apply on any area whenever you need it! This is the brand that I use in the office. https://lddy.no/1tni Use Code BetterWellnessPT at check out!
I use the massage oil during most in-person hands-on treatments and just adds an extra layer of pain relief. The 200mg salve is even better for at-home use and helps you manage.
Blue Ridge Hemp Co has a ton of options for you to check out. Personally, I like the tea as well, especially for nighttime.
#3 Self Massage Tools
Currently, I’ve been bombarded with ads for the chirp wheel. It does look pretty cool as an alternative to a foam roller, but it’s pretty pricey. I found an alternative that comes with a neck massager. Check it out. A great way to relax and stretch after a long day sitting at a desk and computer! You can see the full list of Back Pain Relief Tools, I’ve recommended to folks in the past. Check out the full kit at www.kit.co/HFlex/back-pain-relief and make sure to grab a copy of my resource book while you are in there!
This is my latest addition to my self-care routine. The infrared heat penetrates deeper than the surface layer making it a great way to relax deeper tension knots. Next after sciatica, upper back and neck are the most common complaints likely from sitting staring at our screens, hating what we are doing and stressed out to the max. While I fully believe these muscles need to be engaged and strengthen, we also can all benefit from some mindful downtime to recharge. These portable devices are a bit pricey but it's been a great addition to some of my in-person treatments as well as a great destressor for me.
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