Aids to Assist with Back Pain

Back pain is awful. There is no other way to describe the challenges that back pain causes a person each day. Depending on the type and severity of the back pain, you can find yourself unable to perform even the simplest of tasks without experiencing discomfort. 

 

Thankfully, there are many useful aids that you can add to your daily routine that will reduce the amount of pain you experience. 

 

 

There are several types of back supports that are available to help ease back pain. Pillows designed for lower or upper back support and different braces are available. Some of these supports can be used together for the best support and ease of pain. 

 

These small pillows can be used anywhere that you go. You can even attach them to office chairs or in your vehicle for added comfort. The back and shoulder braces are lightweight and firm and can easily be worn beneath or over your clothing based on your preference. 

 

 

It is amazing that something as simple as a pressure cushion can ease lower back pain so well. These cushions are available in different shapes and sizes and can easily be brought along when you travel. 

 

 

 

Getting a good night of sleep is crucial to good health. However, back pain can make this impossible at times. Using a mattress topper can help eliminate many of the pressure points that cause pain while you sleep. 

 

Having a mattress topper not only makes any mattress more comfortable, but it can also make the mattress conform to the shape of your body and allow for a deeper and more restful sleep. 

 

 

Sitting in the correct position can help to reduce or eliminate pressure on your lumbar spine. Seating wedges come at different heights so that you can find the exact position that provides you comfort. 

 

Seating wedges are very sturdy, but they are lightweight enough to carry with you when you travel. Have one for home and at work to get the most benefits from this type of assistance device.  

 

There are several other items that you will find to give you additional comfort when you have back pain. Changing your pillow can help improve back, neck, and shoulder pain. A pillow designed to move with the natural curve of your neck may also help reduce some snoring. 

 

You do not have to accept back pain. There are assistance devices that can help you manage your pain. Even the slightest pain relief can help improve your sleep, your mood, and your overall outlook on life. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).