The Best Gift Ideas from Our Physiotherapists!
With the festive season coming up very soon, you may be struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, but we’re here to help!
If you’re looking for unique gifts for someone, our team at Prohealth Sports & Spinal have put together a list of their favourite gift ideas of wellness-related things that are highly useful and practical for anyone. After all, there is nothing better than the gift of pain relief and relaxation!
These gift ideas are perfect for people with or without any pre-existing conditions or pains. If you have someone with chronic pain (such as back, neck pain) in your life, or if you have these pains yourself, read on for the best ideas to make life a little easier!
Ease away all those aches and pains with heat packs during the cold weather! They can provide quick relief to sore areas by increasing blood flow (by causing vasodilatation of the blood vessels) and relaxing tight muscles and tissues. This helps with the body's pain gating system.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a massage every day? Gifting a foam roller is doing exactly that – a massage every day! The benefits of incorporating foam rolling into your self-care habits include reducing muscle pain, increasing range of motion and flexibility around a joint, as well as helping you to feel much more relaxed!
From a physiotherapist’s perspective, foam rollers are also useful for increasing core and pelvic stability and improving posture if paired with specific exercises using your roller.
Spikey Massage Balls
Like foam rollers, a spiky massage ball is the next best alternative for performing your own massage-therapy! Made of high-density plastic, spiky massage balls work to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow and aids in injury recovery in specific areas of the body.
Compared to foam rollers, massage balls target more specific areas on your body due to its smaller size. Common areas of use include the sole of the foot, shoulders, calves, glutes and hip flexors, making this gift the perfect one for runners, gym-goers and active mums and dads.
Pro Tip: Check out our complete guide on how to use a foam roller and spikey ball!
Whilst we will be doing much less over the festive season and enjoying good food, it’s important to keep our muscles strong and active.
Resistance bands are an effective and lightweight alternative to train your lower and upper body muscles. They basically act as a pocket-sized gym so your loved ones can work out from the comfort of their own home!
Back Support / Brace
Whether it is a back support pad or a rolled-up towel, it is important to have good support for our lower back, especially if your loved ones have been experiencing back pain caused by conditions such as sciatica or sacroiliac joint pain.
By keeping the body in proper posture, a back brace helps to keep pressure off the spinal nerves, muscles and joints. This provides muscular support before you are ready to get back on your physiotherapy exercises.
If you are going to be visiting other people, sitting on different chairs or working from home, do make sure your back is supported!
Having the right footwear when walking, running or training is essential and should be a major consideration in taking care of our feet! Having inappropriate footwear and poor foot posture are major causes in lower limb injuries such as Plantar Fasciitis. It will also increase the chances of ankle sprains.
If you are shopping for your own feet, always ask your physiotherapist to check out your foot type and ankle/foot strength, to best advise you on appropriate shoes.
Pro Tip: If you are an avid runner looking to improve your running performance or preparing for a marathon, our physiotherapists offer Running Assessments to assess your biomechanics, which includes footwear analysis!
We hope that this guide has provided great gift ideas for you. After all, there is no greater gift that the gift of great posture and pain relief!
If you or your loved ones and friends need help with any pains or conditions, please feel free to reach out to our physiotherapists!