The gift of health

As you finalize your holiday shopping, you might want to consider giving your loved ones a gift to make them feel better. Here are some ideas to consider.

  • Upright GO Posture Trainer, available on Amazon.com, this a comfortable strapless posture corrector that you place on your upper back. It reminds you to sit or stand up straight with a real-time gentle vibration reminder. For $79.95, you can give a gift that can help reduce back pain, reduce headaches and even increase self-confidence.
  • Fitbit tracks all the things related to good health - exercise, food intake, weight and even sleep. Knowing that information can help you know where and how to adjust your activities for a healthier lifestyle. There are a variety of styles, starting at around $100.
  • The Apple Watch, available in a variety of styles starting at $399, also acts as a health monitor, workout partner, activity tracker and stereo. You can even use it to make calls while you’re away from your phone. Our favorite part? When it tells you you’ve been sitting too long and it’s time to stand up!
  • As much as we love massages in general, there are real health benefits to them, from easing muscle soreness to reducing stress. Gift certificates can be purchased from any local spa for any amount. You might want to consider leaving it general, so the recipient can decide what kind of massage they prefer.
  • Meditation is another experience that can leave your loved one feeling better and less stressed. Click here for 20 scientifically validated reasons that meditation can improve your health, happiness, social life, self-control, brain and even productivity, and then look at these Yelp reviews for local meditation centers to decide where to pick up your gift certificate.
  • Studies have shown that spending too much time sitting at a desk can lead to a higher risk of obesity, illness and even death. Stand-up desks have come down in cost quite a bit in the last few years and there are even kits you can use to build your own.   
  • An ergonomic desk and/or chair can also help minimize the aches and pains that go along with an office job or home office. And they don’t have to be expensive.

Read: Avoiding Injury in the Office

  • A Memory Foam anti-fatigue floor mat for your standing desk, the kitchen sink or stove, will help reduce caused by standing for long periods of time. These can be found on Amazon, Home Depot, Wayfair and other home stores, for around $30.
  • The Body Back Buddy Self Massage tool also known as an s cane, boasts 11 perfectly placed therapy knobs that offer you easy access to your whole body. Available on Amazon for $29.95. “I have one and it’s amazing,” shares Chris Lopez.
  • Available on Amazon for $24.99, the Bluetooth Sleep Eye Mask Wireless Headphone, is designed to help them fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Do they want to get in shape, but they’re not sure where to start? How about giving them a session (or two or three) with a personal trainer? The session can take place in a gym or the privacy of their own home.
  • The gift of movement is free and readily available. Give them a homemade gift certificate promising to walk or run with them on a regular basis. It’s the perfect gift for both of you!

If the pain is chronic, give us a call at 775-786-1600 and let’s talk about how we might be able to help, whether through physical therapy, surgery or something else. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about your procedure and what you can expect before and after.