Dear Santa,

...Bring me something to ease my back pain - please!

Whether you’re looking for something that can bring you pain relief in the moment or better support for your back throughout the year, the holidays are a great time to seek out back-friendly gifts. Take a look through these suggestions and see if you want to add any to your holiday wish list:

  1. Spine-health’s updated book all about lumbar herniated discs. This 58-page book, available from Amazon in print or ebook formats, includes updates such as:

    • A fully illustrated exercise guide
    • Extensive surgery information
    • Insider information for comfort and healing during postoperative recovery
    • Comprehensive approaches to pain management

    If you have a lumbar herniated disc, learning as much as possible about your condition can go a long way in helping you decide on an effective treatment program.

  2. Supportive pillows to place behind your neck and between your knees while sleeping.

    • For the frequent traveler, airplane neck pillows are a great option. These cushions can help support and reduce pressure on your neck during a long flight.
    • For any side sleepers, a body-pillow that can fit between your knees lessens stress on your lumbar discs and may help you get more restorative sleep at night.

    See Pillow Support and Comfort and Pillows for Neck Pain

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  4. Reusable ice packs, heating pads or a moist-heat pack to ease the pain of flare-ups.

    • Keeping these around the house can help you be prepared for a sudden bout of back pain, as ice can reduce inflammation, while heat stimulates blood flow and can expedite healing.

    Read more: Ice Packs for Back Pain Relief

  5. An exercise ball or Swedish kneeling chair to sit on while at your desk.

    • Using one of these seating options will help you engage your core while sitting. Over time, your strengthening core muscles will take stress off of your back.

    See Choosing the Right Exercise Ball

  6. An orthopedic back support for the driver's seat of your car.

    • Sitting still for long car rides can cause your lower back to become stiff and tight. An orthopedic or massaging seat cover can reduce stress on the back, and can make a long ride more bearable.
  7. A well-designed, ergonomic chair for your office.

    • In addition to other features, a properly sized ergonomic chair allows the elbows to rest comfortably on armrests without pulling on the shoulders. This allows for minimal stress on the back.

    Read more: Choosing the Right Ergonomic Office Chair

  8. A headset, if you spend a great deal of time on the phone.

    • A well-fitting headset will prevent the stress on the neck of constantly holding the phone to your ear.
  9. Typing wristguards or ergonomic supports for if you work on a computer.

    • Wrist guards should allow the elbows to rest at 90 degrees between the wrist guard and armrest, preventing the user from having to reach out for the keyboard.
    • Additionally, wristguards can help prevent other painful conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or arthritis.
  10. Home exercise equipment for low-impact exercises.

    • A treadmill, stationary bike, or light free weights are all good options.

    See Home Exercise Equipment for Low Impact Aerobic Exercise

  11. A yoga mat to be used in daily stretching to increase flexibility.

    • In addition to increasing flexibility, yoga can strengthen the muscles of the back, making injury less likely in the future.
  12. A gift certificate for a massage with a licensed therapist.

    • A massage can be therapeutic as well as relaxing. Benefits can include increased blood flow, which brings important nutrients to the area of damage, as well as release of endorphins.

    Read more: Massage Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Shopping on a budget this holiday season? Check out these inexpensive or free gift ideas:

  1. Download our free exercise guide.

    • This makes a perfect gift for a loved one with back pain who wants to stay active.

    See Download our Free Exercise Guide

  2. Print out helpful articles from on a specific topic, and place them in a 3-ring binder.

    • Let your loved ones take a hard copy of Spine-health on the go.
  3. Use our videos to make a DIY ice-pack or heating pad at home.

    See Video: How to Make a Gel Ice Pack

    See Video: How to Make a Moist Heat Pack

Share this list with your loved ones who live with back pain, or use it to help your family members find the perfect gift for you.

Can you think of something we missed? We’d love to hear your ideas. Comment and let us know your perfect holiday gift for someone with back pain. Happy holidays!