|Cold Packs -
braces for neck, back and wrist-forearm
Soft cold packs,
Cervical pillows, ergonomic fixes for home and office, Etc
Best massage tool for the neck.
Try it in person at
The main goal of a pillow is to provide extra support
for the curve of the neck and provide a hollow for the head to rest in.
Make a long thin roll with one or two towels. Take
a feather pillow in a pillowcase and tuck the
rolled towel inside the pillowcase at the bottom of the
pillowcase. The towel provides firm support for
the neck. The soft feathers give way to provide a
hollow for the head. You can customize this to fit
your neck by making the towel roll thinner of thicker.
hotel trick is to use multiple
towels to create a pillow that is custom shaped to
supports your neck.
Pillows are tough because each individual has a different shape neck.
The goal is to support your normal spinal curve. Here are a few ideas.
n•a•p® Wedge Travel Pillow
Small and soft - this is a good
pillow for filling in the gap between you neck and the headrest
when flying. Also, it and can be used for sleeping instead
of the huge hotel pillows that make no attempt to contour to
Buckwheat pillows work like sand at the beach. You
can carve out the exact shape to fit you neck and the pillow
will retail it's shape during the night.
You can bunch a feather pillow up under your neck to add support
but as the night progresses the feathers collapse leaving the
|Various memory foam pillows are
available at Amazon.com
The problem some people have with memory foam pillows is that
they are pre formed with a small and a large curve. The
idea being that the smaller curve may be adequate for supporting
the neck when you rest on your back but the curve created is
larger when you lie on your side. This occurs because of
the width of the shoulders.
you can use the larger curve under your neck when you are on
your side and the smaller one when you lie on your back.
people turn in bed at night without flipping the pillow.
distance between the two curves is not large enough for most
heads so the top of your head ends up being pushed upward
creating neck tension.
Solution: If the
pillow is comfortable
If you are not comfortable with a shaped memory foam pillow,
turn the pillow over and cut out a flap of foam foam where the
top of the head rests.
Great- If it's not broken don't fix it.
This essentially eliminates the second curve at the top in this
area and allow your head to rest down in the hollow of the
No more tired arms and shoulders from holding a book to
No more stiff neck from looking down to read a book placed in
This is a great tool.
large size for low back
Click on picture for link
|A soft gel "colpac"
by Chattanooga is a great item to have in your freezer. They
come in a variety of sizes and are very durable.
has a good selection.
Or search for "Colpac"
|ElastoGel Wraps are not as cold
as the colpacks from Chattanooga.
ElastoGel - Wrist
The velcro strap makes them easy to use.
Therapy has a good selection of ElastoGel products
including a pack specifically for the wrist
(remember ice at the elbow will often relieve wrist pain
caused by tendonitis)
This provides a bit more coverage for the neck but may be a bit heavy.
Elastogel Wrap 4"x24"
This long thin gel pack is easy to wrap the neck, wrist, elbow, knee or ankle.
elbow, knee or ankle.
This can be worn around the neck like a cervical (neck) collar
ElastoGel Wrap - Lumbar
|specific for the low
Microwave hot packs
Flat electric hot packs are ok for the low back but they are hard to
contour around other body parts.
www.ultimatewatermassage.com has a great selection at good
I like the soft (under stuffed) ones because are
easier to wrap.
||This type of
splint gives the most support.
You can find a variety of splints at docOrtho.com
Breathe Moore Easy Medical Supply 1-877-568-7200
A tennis elbow strap helps relieve strain from tendonitis. (This
is a frequent cause of wrist pain)
Breathe Moore Easy Medical Supply 1-877-568-7200
||A back support
should have double closure (see small image) and removable stays.
You can find a good variety at docOrtho.com
|All in one - hot
cold products, braces, home traction, etc
||This site has a
full line of quality equipment
OPTP Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products
(888) 819-0121 www.optp.com
HERE FOR A DEMONSTRATION
OF POSTURAL EXERCISES USING THE
equipment you need to know how to use it.
Start slow - see how you feel the next day.
Forget about, " No pain, No gain,"
IF IT HURTS DON'T DO IT
has a full line of
kitchen / garden /household
products that are easy on your wrists and hands
Great for people with wrist
pain or people who don't want to develop wrist pain.
OXO GOOD GRIPS Jar Opener
is one of my favorites
Opening a jar puts a lots of strain on the joints of the hand and
wrist. There is a principle known as joint conservation.
This means, our joints, like all moving parts, eventually wear
out. The idea is don't put extra strain on fragile joints if
you don't have to. If you have one of these in your kitchen
you can still perform the task (open the jar) with out the strain on
your joints. I give the lid a few hard taps with the V shaped
end first. This tool opens almost every jar.
Other ideas - don't' forget to use
(Tender Loving Care)
Taking good care of you body does not have to cost anything.
There are many simple things you can do at
that help your body relax.
Relaxation is our bodies natural way
of letting go of the
tension in our muscles from daily stress and
listen to soft
music ( or a relaxation tape)
take a walk
gentle exercise and
use of heat ( heating
pad, hot bath or shower, etc)
lie down and put your
legs up for a few minutes
Harriet Carter has good prices on some essential items
A bed wedge is an essential item for reading in bed.
Lying down for 10-15 minutes
with your legs up, on a thick foam
like the leg lift pillow,
is one of the best ways to relax
your low back muscles.