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Holiday gifts for people with back pain

Holiday gifts for people with back pain

Written by: Paul Kochoa, PT, DPT, OCS, CKTP, CGFI

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of American adults currently suffer from back pain, and 80% of adults will experience back pain at some time in their lives. This holiday season, get a gift for that special someone – that “someone” with back pain.

Feeling stiff? Got tight hamstrings? Tight hamstrings are one of the factors that may lead to lower back pain. Why not try a Stretch-out Strap? This 72” long strap is made of durable nylon and features 10 loops that can be used to stretch out your hamstrings safely and quickly. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat at least 2-3 times. More flexible hamstrings means a more flexible lower back.

How about the other parts? What are you going to do about tight hips and thighs? Try the PB Elite Soft Molded Foam Roller. It’s a little softer than other foam rolls, so it’s perfect for anyone that’s new to foam rolling. A foam roller can mobilize tight or sore tissue, it’s like getting a massage at home! You can use the foam roller to roll out tight hips and stretch out your mid back. Try rolling out at least 2-4 minutes per body part.

If you’re adventurous, you can even progress to using the Tiger Tail massager, or even a Lacrosse ball, to get into those little nooks and crannies in your back or legs to mobilize that tight tissue.

What about yoga or general stretches? Don’t get on the hard floor, try the Folding Gym Mat. You can perform your stretches on a durable 2” thick foam mat that’s soft and lightweight, and it can be hung or folded when not in use. Plus, it’s easy to clean, just take a damp cloth or sponge and wipe it down. To stretch out your back, you can try lying on your back, and bringing your knees to your chest, or lying on your stomach and doing a press up by extending your elbows but keeping your hips in contact with the mat.

Remember, consult your local medical professional before engaging in any type of self treatment. If you would like more information, please call Professional Physical Therapy and Training at 973-270-7417.  Our offices are located within the YMCA locations in Madison and Summit, NJ.  You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to visit with us.

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