7 Super Gift Ideas for Someone With Scoliosis
What kinds of gifts would be great for someone with a curved spine? People with scoliosis thank you for asking!
Scoliosis sounds like it is all about bones, but the real star of the show (at least in my case) is the oversensitive muscles. Some good goals are staying cozy warm, protecting joints from impact, fighting against muscle tension, staying active, not sitting too much and not lifting too much.
My scoliosis is on the border between moderate and severe, and I didn’t have a fusion. A few of these ideas were recommended by physical therapists, and others I found on my own. I consider it a small — no, make that a big victory when a home remedy helps me manage scoliosis symptoms without medication.
For knots, the Theracane wins the day. I should get a commission for how many friends I’ve convinced to buy this, and they all love it! It’s like a giant green candy cane that allows you to put pressure on your back without too much work. Amazing. And if you don’t know about it, find a book about trigger points and myofascial release. It can bring true relief for muscle pain.
Buy a Theracane on Amazon.
2. Massage Roller Balls
Although a plain tennis ball will do the same work, you could get a fancy set of massage roller balls. Foam rollers may not work on a curvy spine, but a ball can pinpoint scoliosis problem areas easily.
Buy the massage roller balls above on Amazon.
3. Heating and Cooling Pads
Hot and cold packs are also a great idea, and an electric heating pad is a gift that keeps on giving.
Buy the heating pad shown above on Amazon.
4. Pain Relief Patches
Salonpas pain-relieving patches provide some non-smelly distraction for your irritated muscles. They work for hours, and can help calm those low-grade aches.
Buy Salonpas pain patches on Amazon.
Buy all the pillows! A great travel neck pillow, or a knee pillow for sleeping, or a lumbar roll pillow for long car rides — people with scoliosis really can’t have too many pillows.
6. TENS Unit
Did you know you don’t have to go to a clinic for TENS therapy? For around $30 you can have your own unit and zap away. It may not fix anything, but it is a great way for many people with scoliosis to help relax tense muscles.
7. Foot Cushions
Fatigue can be rooted in our feet! Treat your joints to more cushioning with Dr. Scholl’s or any cushy brand of shoe liners, and an anti-fatigue kitchen mat to offset long periods of standing.
Buy the anti-fatigue mat above on Amazon.
Are you able to spend even more? Think about a gym membership, a standing desk (or an add-on), exercise machine, exercise class, a gift card for massage, a robotic vacuum, or help pay for housework or yardwork. Last but not least, consider making a donation to scoliosis research because what many of us in the scoliosis community dream of is more knowledge and better treatment.
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